June 28, 1999
- Terry Todd Wedding
Accused of killing his parents, a popular police
officer and his pregnant wife, Terry Todd Wedding, 27, pleaded innocent
to four counts of murder.
police Wedding shot and killed his mother, bludgeon his father to death
with a baseball bat, then shot and killed police officer Joey Vincent, a
pastor and Wedding's first cousin, and Vincent's wife.
Police believe Wedding first
killed his parents, Manville Todd Wedding, 59, and Beverly W. Wedding,
56, in an open field about a mile from the family home in Depoy,
Then he killed Vincent, 29, and his 22-year-old wife, Amy, in
the driveway of their home, which is adjacent to the home of Wedding and
his parents. The Vincents' 3-year-old daughter was found inside unharmed.
June 28, 1999 - Terry Todd
Fatricidal rampager Terry Todd Wedding, 27, was being held
without bond for killing his parents and two neighbors. Wedding pleaded
innocent Monday to four counts of murder and one count of theft for
allegedly taking $1,200 from his parents' home.
Murder (4 counts) and Theft
On June 27, 1999, Terry Todd Wedding went on a deadly
rampage that shocked the state of Kentucky. He shot his mother Beverly
to death, then murdered his first cousin and next-door neighbor Joey
Vincent and Joey's pregnant wife, then retrieved a baseball bat and
bludgeoned his father Manville Todd to death. Then he stole $1,200 from
the parents he had just murdered.
He was taking lethal revenge for his relatives
committing him for a short stay in Western State Hospital in
Wedding pleaded guilty to the murders and was
sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In Greenville, a small town of about 4,500 people,
flags flew at half-mast. Library worker Sandra Galyen said "I think
everyone's just in shock. You hear something like that about such good
people and you just don't believe it. You know deep down it's the truth
but your mind just won't let you believe it."
References: Steve Bailey. "Police, Town
Searching for Reasons for Multiple Killing." The Daily Ardmoreite
[Ardmore, Oklahoma], June 29, 1999; Associated Press. "Man Pleads Guilty
in Murder of Relatives." The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 29,
2001, page 7.