, Corbin, KY

October 24, 2012

London man charged with murder

Reportedly stabbed girlfriend multiple times

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

A London man has been charged with murder after he reportedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times late Monday, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Sean D. Messer, 34, was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Pamela S. Bobbitt, 25.

The first call about a possible fight at Plantation Apartments, located along South Laurel Road in London, came in about 10:48 p.m. Stewart said when police arrived, they were told by witnesses the two who had been yelling had left.

Shortly after 11 p.m., another 911 caller told dispatchers that people were screaming about killing or stabbing someone at the complex. Seconds later, Stewart said a third caller said, “There’s a stabbing at Plantation Apartments right now.”

When police arrived, they found Bobbitt inside Apartment 26. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to her chest and back. Police also saw a man fleeing and chased him, but the man eluded police.

Officers from London, Kentucky State Police and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department canvassed the area looking for Messer. Police learned Messer had a car parked at Tincher Williams Chevrolet on South Laurel Road near the apartment complex. Police surveilled the car and, about 2 a.m., Messer tried to retrieve his vehicle. He was apprehended by London Police Major Derek House and Sgt. Jessie Williams.

Bobbitt was taken by ambulance to Saint Joseph-London hospital. She was pronounced dead by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office just before 1 a.m.

Coroner Doug Bowling said an autopsy was scheduled for Bobbitt in Frankfort on Tuesday.

Messer, who was charged with murder-domestic violence, was jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center and bail was set at $250,000 cash, jail records indicate. He is set to appear in Laurel County District Court at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday).

Walker said it wasn’t known what led to the dispute between Bobbitt and Messer.

The stabbing happened after Bobbitt returned from McDonald’s.

Two children who were in the home at the time of the stabbing were removed, Walker said.