Man kills self after shooting

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

One man is dead and another is at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after being shot four times Sunday following a domestic dispute.

Bill Parker, 68 and a retired Franklin County constable, is believed to have driven to Raven Crest Apartments where his wife of more than 40 years was expected to return to their son's apartment. Velma Parker had recently been staying with the son after she and her husband separated.

Velma Parker, who according to neighbors in the Silver Lake Farms Subdivision had left her husband about six weeks ago, was apparently taking a motorcycle ride with James Michael "Hoss" Cartwright Sunday afternoon.

As Cartwright and Velma Parker pulled into Raven Crest Apartments, Bill Parker was reportedly waiting for them with gun in hand.

Patsy Wilhoite, a resident of Corral Way where the Parkers lived, said she was good friends with both Bill and Velma Parker and spent a lot of time with the couple before their separation.

Wilhoite said Velma Parker told her Sunday that she hid when her estranged husband started shooting but that Cartwright was shot four times before Parker got in his car and drove away.

Bill Parker apparently then drove about a half-mile to his home at 1400 Corral Way and shot himself in the front yard. His body was discovered at about 2:45 p.m., according to Frankfort Police spokesman Steve Clark. Police confirmed that the gun was found next to Parker's body but declined to reveal the type of gun.

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