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Former HC man found guilty of murder

A former Harrison County man was found guilty last week for the murder of a Palmyra man early this year.
A jury found Travis Fentress guilty Thursday afternoon for the January murder of Ralph Thomas and the attempted murder of his wife, the former Rebecca Rowley, in their home in Palmyra.
‘This ensures that the defendant will never experience freedom outside the confines of cinder-block walls for the remainder of his life,’ Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said.
Schalk thanked Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Detective Shane Mason for ‘outstanding work’ on the case.
Fentress, 34, of Pensacola, Fla., and Tara Van Winkle Snawder, 32, of Depauw, were on the run for more than 24 hours after leaving the one-story home of the Thomases at 14705 Huff St. in Palmyra on Jan. 13 where the shooting occurred.
Thomas, whom police said was shot in the head, was transported by Air Methods air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, where he died in the early morning hours of Jan. 15.
His wife, whom he wed on Jan. 5, had gunshot wounds to her shoulder and jaw, police said. She was transported by ground ambulance by Harrison County Hospital Emergency Medical Services with non-life-threatening injuries.
Capt. Brad Shepherd of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said the Thomases were inside their home when police arrived in response to a 911 call about the shootings.
Rebecca Thomas was able to tell police who had been in their home and provided a description of the vehicle, a white Kia with a Florida license plate.
Fentress, who formerly resided in northern Harrison County, and Snawder were taken into custody the evening of Jan. 14 in Madison.
Snawder’s jury trial for murder and strangulation is scheduled to begin Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. in Superior Court at the Harrison County Justice Center.

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