Argument Between Neighbors Ends In Murder

Richard Hood, Murder Victim
Richard Hood, Murder Victim
Jerry Flack, Murder Suspect
Jerry Flack, Murder Suspect

By James Zambroski

(CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky.) -- A Henry County man was shot to death Thursday morning in an apparent dispute with his neighbor. Kentucky State Police quickly arrested a suspect in the slaying of Richard Hood. As WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski reports, the tragedy is compounded because family members say Hood was set to embark on a new journey in his life.

"They was supposed to go away this weekend. They was going to Tennessee somewheres to get married," said Barry Satchwell.

In a horrible twist of fate, Richard Hood won't be getting married this weekend. His family must now plan for his funeral after he was shot to death.

"Upon our arrival, we located a deceased white male in the backyard," said Trooper Chip Perry, of the KSP Campbellsburg post.

Hood's family say he'd had an ongoing dispute with his neighbor about his dog, Bisquet. A framed picture of the two included Hood's voice talking to the German Shepherd.

"The guy next door was wanting to hurt their dogs and stuff and then he started mouthing off to them and he said he was going to do something to them. Evidentally, he done what he said he was going to do," Satchwell siad. He's a member of Hood's family.

Shortly after arriving around 8 a.m. Thursday, Perry said troopers arrested Hood's next door neighbor.

"The subject from the residence was arrested or detained and taken to the post and subsequently been arrested on a charge of murder. Q:What's his name? His name is Jerry Flack."

Authorities say Flack had been previously charged with terroristic threatening. State police had been to his home before. Perry said they had been there in the past on loud music complaints.

Hood's family said that and other issues apparently boiled over Thursday morning.

"Evidentally, he looked out the kitchen window and seen Jerry and I guess Jerry motioned him to come over there," Satchwell said.

Hood left to go toward Flack's trailer home. His fiance was asleep in the next room.

"She thought he was in the bed with her sleeping and she rolled over and he wasn't in the bed. She come out here and that's when she seen all the police," said Satchwell.

The music, the dogs and maybe too much to drink sent things into a fatal tailspin early Thursday morning.

"They asked him to turn it down several times and I guess he got mad at them and decided he was going to do something about it. That's when he shot Richard," Satchwell said.

Police say they got two 911 calls from Jerry Flack's residence Thursday morning -- both within a minute of each other. They have recovered a handgun at the scene which is likely the murder weapon.

Jerry Flack is being held in the Carroll County jail, charged with murder. A grand jury will decide if additional charges are warranted.

Online Reporter:  James Zambroski

Online Producer: Charles Gazaway