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Black Forest double murder suspect will go to trial

By Bonnie Silkman , Weekend GMC Anchor / Reporter ,
Published On: May 13 2014 01:58:41 PM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 02:00:35 PM CDT

Black Forest Shooting Details


This week, a judge decided Kenneth Lankford will go to trial. Now Black Forest residents tell us- they expect answers.

Lankford is accused of killing his wife, Terry Lankford, and another woman, Carol Fowler. Deputies also say he shot Fowler's husband, Tom, who survived.

"It was kind of a shock. The main thing that went through my head was, ‘why?’ What was the connection? Not only with his wife but with the family he shot. He had to have a motive to do, whether it was revenge, or anger, or hate," said Steele.  " said Kathryn Steele, who has lived in Black Forest her whole life.

The Fowler family said they've never met the suspect, Kenneth Lankford.

Lankford told deputies he shot both the Fowlers.

"I think it won't bring closure to those families, because they did loose loved ones. But I do believe it's a step closer putting him where he needs to be," said Steele.   

In the preliminary hearing deputies shared Lankford's description of that day last November.

Deputies said, according to Lankford, it all started when he and his wife Terry were at their home on Burrows Road when they heard a knock at the door.

Lankford then told deputies that he and Terry ran upstairs to hide, as he has been in trouble with the law before.

Then Lankford told deputies his wife got upset and reached for his gun. According to testimony, after a struggle, Lankford said Terry was shot and died in her own bed. According to deputies, Lankford said he wasn’t sure who pulled the trigger.

After that, Lankford told deputies he wanted to find the people who knocked on his door.

He says he followed a car. At some point Lankford ditched his own car, and began walking. That journey eventually led him to the Fowler's home on Timberlane Court.

"I'm glad he's getting a trial and I'm glad that the families will, hopefully, get some resolution out of this. It will also help us as a community," said Steele.

"As soon as they find out what it is, and if he tells us, I think of us will be better if we know why," said Steele.

People also have questions about Lankford’s mental state.

During the preliminary hearing on Monday, deputies also testified that Lankford admitted to using meth and smoking it the night before the murders.

Lankford is scheduled to be arraigned in June.