Family wants answers in teen's killing

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Jacob Hutcheson died at 16 from a gunshot wound to the head. No one can explain how or why his death occurred.

At least not to the satisfaction of his parents, Karen and Larry Cantrell, who say they will never believe the story teen-agers told Kentucky State Police on the night Jacob died.

What they do know is that Jacob was picked up from his grandmother's home by a teen-age friend at 8:50 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 26, 2002, and someone called 911 at 9:06 p.m. to report he'd been shot.

The Cantrells said it must have taken at least eight or nine minutes to travel from his grandmother's home to the party at 33 Meadowbrook Drive where the 911 call came from, so Jacob could have only been inside the residence there for five or six minutes before being shot.

The Cantrells said a couple of teen-agers who were at the residence when Jacob was shot claim their son had brought a stolen handgun inside the residence, emptied the bullets from the barrel into the palm of his hand, and clowning around, held the gun to his head, and said "Anybody want to play Russian Roulette?" before pulling the trigger.

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