Pewee Valley residents shocked at hatchet murder


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 10:36 AM

PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (WHAS11) – Gail Kelley pleaded not guilty in court Monday to murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Gail Kelley remains behind bars at the Oldham County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

The police report indicates Kelley admitted to killing her boyfriend, yet she pleaded not guilty.

“It was kind of shocking to the whole neighborhood," neighbor Sandy McCoy said.

It’s a crime tailor made for prime-time television, but the script is real and has rocked neighbors living in the Pewee Valley neighborhood.

“We don't have things like that, nothing like that," neighbor Peggy Leslie said.

“This is a real peaceful neighborhood. I have been here over 30 years," McCoy said.

Kelley is accused of her live-in boyfriend, Michael Evans, with a hatchet. Evans was found dead at the couple's home Saturday morning. Neighbors said they had a long history of domestic violence.

“There was cops called. There was domestic violence. She was always beat up but you never heard his side," Leslie said.

According to the police report, Kelley's brother-in-law made the 911 call claiming Kelley had killed her boyfriend with a hatchet. When police entered the home they said they found Kelley asleep in her bed and Evans dead in the room next to hers.

Investigators said they found the hatchet was wrapped in a bloody towel and found in a trash can in the driveway.

For families in Pewee Valley, it is a scary reality check this kind of shocking crime can happen here.

“It’s very creepy," McCoy said.

Kelley is due back in court July 17.