Eddyville, KY


Princeton man arrested for Eddyville murder

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Updated: 10:28 AM
Staff Report

Kentucky State Police have charged a Princeton man with murder, following the discovery of a body in a residence in Lyon County.


On May 30 at about 7 p.m., KSP Post 1 Troopers responded to Oak Drive in Lyon County for a report of a dead body. Upon the arrival, troopers located Lisa A. Pace, 51, of Eddyville, inside her residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Assistant Eddyville Coroner Kris Dunn pronounced her dead at the residence.


During the early parts of the investigation, information was received indicating a man had been arrested in Pace’s vehicle in Hopkins County. Madisonville Police Department had arrested Ernest E. Atwood Jr., 19, of Princeton, for driving under the influence at 3:35 p.m.


Atwood had been lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.


Ernest E. Atwood Jr. and Lisa A. Pace are distantly related family members.


On Tuesday at 2 a.m., Kentucky State Police charged Atwood Jr. with murdering Pace. He remains lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.


Pace is scheduled for an autopsy at today in Madisonville.


Kentucky State Police were assisted during the investigation by Eddyville Police Department, Lyon County Sheriff Department, Madisonville Police Department, Hopkins County Jail, Lyon County Coroner’s Office, and Lyon County Ambulance Service.


The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Hamby.

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