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Police say baseball bat used in slaying

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

A McCracken County woman is charged with murder after police say she beat her boyfriend to death with a baseball bat.

Glenna Wilbourn, 49, was arrested Thursday afternoon after being questioned at the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. Detective Darrin Frommeyer said the department was called to the home of Wilbourn and boyfriend William Ashley, 61, at 2728 Poole Road just after 2 a.m. Thursday. Deputies found Ashley dead, lying just outside the home.

Detectives took Wilbourn for questioning, then arrested and jailed her.

An autopsy Thursday morning showed Ashley died from blunt force trauma. Wilbourn admitted to striking Ashley with a baseball bat, Frommeyer said. There was an eyewitness to the fight, Frommeyer said, because the couple had a woman staying at their house.

"There is no doubt, we have no doubt that she hit him in the head with a bat," Frommeyer said.

Frommeyer said it is believed alcohol was involved in the incident.

"There's a past involved in this," Frommeyer said. "We've had multiple calls to that location in regard to domestic arguments."

This is the second reported homicide in McCracken County in 2014. There were none in the county in 2013.

Wilbourn will appear in McCracken District Court at 10:30 a.m. today.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.

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