Murder suspect involved in earlier alleged dispute


Paducah Police officers had responded to the Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Expo Center a few hours before an alleged domestic dispute turned deadly, according to court documents.

James D. Vanvactor, 49, faces charges of murder, leaving the scene of an accident or failure to render aid or assistance and resisting arrest after the Sunday morning incident that police said left his girlfriend, Angella Hale, dead.

Hale was found at the center's parking lot, and police said surveillance video showed Vanvactor running her over with an RV.

In the complaint against Vanvactor, Detective Jason Hicks described the surveillance video obtained from the convention center.

The video shows Hale sit down behind the vehicle during an argument with Vanvactor, who continued talking with her as she was on the ground, Hicks wrote.

Vanvactor "immediately goes to the driver's seat and backs the RV up and runs over Ms. Hale," according to the complaint.

Hicks said the video shows Vanvactor stopping after the back wheels run over Hale, then keep driving backward until the front wheels run over her as well.

The warrant indicates alcohol involvement, though no blood alcohol results are provided.

Hicks notes that there was nothing in the parking lot that would have prevented Vanvactor from driving forward.

When police responded to the scene the second time -- some two hours after the video shows the incident occurred -- they found Vanvactor in the driver's seat of the RV, still parked in the parking lot, and said he refused to come out of the vehicle and had to be forcibly removed.

Vanvactor was not arraigned in McCracken County District Court Monday, and was not expected to appear in court until next week.

A judge set his bond at $1,000,000, and he remained housed in the McCracken County Jail.

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