According to police, Hager has confessed to the murders.
In the sworn affidavit that Danville police submitted to obtain a search warrant for Hager’s duplex in the Village Apartments off Stanford Road, Detective Todd Davis said Hager's girlfriend Sammie Brown, who lived with him in the apartment, told police Hager got back to the apartment about 3 p.m. on the day of the shootings. Hager told Brown he had killed three people, including “Ted,” and placed the gun in a black garbage bag in a community Dumpster, where it was later located.
Police saw what appeared to be a blood-stained shirt next to a pair of blue jean shorts in plain view in the master bedroom.
Brown also told police “Ted” owed Hager money.
Gray has said the crime was somehow connected to prescription pills but has not elaborated on exactly what part drugs played in the killings. The affidavit says Sparks’ daughter told police her father had a dependency on pain medication.
Hager’s public defender, Susanne McCollough, said last week she planned to challenge the way police got the confession from Hager. McCollough declined to comment on the case Tuesday because there is an active investigation.
Hager also has drawn the attention of authorities in connection with a missing man whose remains were found behind the trailer home Hager lived in at 55 Fairlane Ave. in Hustonville.
The body of Clint Disken, 31, of Harrodsburg was found Friday in the cellar of a barn behind the home. Disken had stayed there with Hager prior to Hager moving to the Danville apartment around March 9. Hager’s mother last saw him March 3 with Hager.
Hager has not been charged in the Disken case, which is still being worked as a death investigation pending results of an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office, which could take up to two weeks. Trooper Paul Blanton with the Kentucky State Police said Hager is not currently a suspect in any active investigations.
On Tuesday, Blanton could not comment on specific statements Hager has made about Disken’s death or any other potential crimes.
“We are trying to verify additional information he’s given us to see if any of it may help with other investigations,” Blanton said.