A Brookport man has been arrested on murder charges after the death of a Kentucky woman Sunday.
Ronald L. Lynn, 36, was arrested at 3:15 a.m. Monday by McCracken County sheriff’s deputies on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.
Lynn is accused of assaulting 66-year-old Teresa Bolden with a shovel, stealing money from Bolden and fleeing. Police believe Lynn then dumped evidence into the Ohio River.
According to police, a passing motorist discovered Bolden unresponsive around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the front yard of her home in West Paducah. When deputies arrived, Bolden was not breathing and had suffered severe head and facial injuries. Police say Bolden suffered blunt force trauma to the face, which rendered her unconscious and near death.
Bolden was transported to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah and later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., where she died of her injuries around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
After the incident, a number of calls poured into the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Jon Hayden said in a news release that descriptions of people seen speaking with Bolden in her yard Sunday afternoon were being analyzed and followed.
Acting on a tip, the sheriff’s department stopped a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday as it approached the Brookport Bridge on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Lynn and other occupants of the car were taken to the sheriff’s department, and during the investigation detectives arrested Lynn.
According to Hayden, detectives found that Lynn and others had gone to Bolden’s home on Sunday to help her with repairs to her home in exchange for pay. They left her home around noon, but Lynn returned alone a short time later.
Police believe Lynn assaulted Bolden with a shovel, stole money and fled on foot with Bolden unconscious in her yard.
Police believe Lynn then went to Brookport and threw evidence into the Ohio River. Detectives recovered a shovel they believe was used to kill Bolden.
“The shovel’s handle was broken in half from the force used in striking Ms. Bolden in the head and face,” Hayden said in a news release. “The amount of money stolen from the victim is believed to have been less than 10 dollars, which is also what detective believe was the motive.”
Police say no additional arrests are expected in the case.
Lynn is being held at McCracken County Regional Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 27 in McCracken County court Dec. 27 for a preliminary hearing.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Bolden today in Nashville, Tenn.