Girlfriend stalked for weeks before being shot to death in Walmart parking lot


by Gene Kang

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 11:30 PM

(WHAS11) -- A mother and her boyfriend are dead after a murder-suicide outside of Walmart near Preston Highway over the weekend.

The couple was described by neighbors as friendly and nice people. But the Jefferson County Coroner's Office says Michelle Hahn, 46, was stalked by her boyfriend for weeks before she was killed.

"I'll keep them in my prayers," said neighbor, Ken Cornett.

Charles Fickentsher, 44, and Michelle Hahn dated briefly. According to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office Fickentsher stalked his girlfriend for three weeks before she was shot to death in the Walmart parking lot.

"Maybe if she had talked to us more or if we talked to her more maybe we could've looked out for her here. But not at Walmart," said Cornett.

Cornett and other neighbors say the couple dated for a short while after Hahn's husband passed away two years ago.

On WireCrafters' Facebook page, they say "[We are] shocked and deeply saddened with the tragic and untimely death of our HR Manager, Michelle Hahn... our hearts and prayers are with you."

"She talked like a mother who took care of her kids and was real sweet and nice," said Cornett.

Cornett said he spoke to Fickentsher only once.

"I met the guy that had shot her back in August. Michelle and him had found a dog over there and he brought it over to see if I owned it," said Cornett.

Neighbors did not know much about him but police say Fickentsher got into some kind of fight with Hahn before gunfire erupted Saturday.

He shot shot her once at point blank range as witnesses say she was putting groceries in her car.

Fickentsher drove less than five miles away to McNeely Lake Park and shot himself. He has a long criminal history dating back to 1986.

In the seven-page arrest report, there are seven charges of stalking, harassing communications, assault charges, violating Emergency Protective Orders and terroristic threatening among other charges.

"I know the legal system has a lot on their hands but protective EPO's can't protect you everywhere, can't protect you really anywhere," said Cornett.

The accused shooter's family did not want to talk to the media.

Nobody from Hahn's family was available to speak.