A timely tip and quick action by Kentucky State Police helped avert what authorities believe would have been a deadly shooting spree Thursday in Boyle Family Court.
Ronnie Gay Cornett was arrested about 7 a.m. Thursday, shortly before he was to appear in family court for a hearing in his divorce case. Cornett was planning to gun down his ex-wife Kathleen Cornett, her attorney Eileen O'Brian of Lexington, and Judge Bruce Petrie, said Trooper Chris Lanham.
"There is no doubt in our minds we probably saved several lives yesterday," Lanham said.
Cornett, 56, was charged with three counts of attempt to commit murder. He is being held today without bond in the Boyle County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in district court.
Lanham said KSP received the tip Wednesday night alerting them to Cornett's alleged plot. They arrested him Thursday morning at his residence on Sea Biscuit Drive on an outstanding warrant for civil contempt of court that had been previously issued by Petrie, Lanham said.