Boyle County Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin said police may never know the motive that led Timothy J. Franklin to kill his father, aunt and uncle Friday night on Little Needmore Road.
"It's a tragedy for everyone involved," said Hardin. "So much of this will be hard to figure out because the people involved in it died."
Police said Franklin, 39, killed his father, Robert L. Franklin, 72; his uncle, Roy C. Franklin, 74; and his aunt, Carrie J. Franklin, 71, at adjacent homes on Little Needmore Road. The two homes sit less than 20 feet apart, one in front of the other, and Hardin said Timothy Franklin and his father lived in the house in front while Roy and Carrie Franklin lived in the house in the rear.
Timothy Franklin was shot and killed by Kentucky State Police trooper Dennis Oldham in LaRue County just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A press release said Timothy Franklin exited a wrecked pickup when ordered to surrender by Oldham, and Oldham shot him after an altercation.