$1M bond set for Alexandria triple shooting suspect

Man charged in triple shooting in Alexandria appears in court

NEWPORT, Ky. (FOX19) - A $1 million bond was set in a Campbell County court Tuesday for a suspect in an Alexandria triple shooting that left two dead and one injured.

Richard Fessler, 18, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a Friday afternoon triple shooting on North Cottonwood Court, police say.

Brian Cornelius, 47, and 14-year-old Devon Kemplin died in the shooting. Derek Johnson, 37, was injured and is expected to survive.

The brother of Cornelius and Uncle to Kemplin was in court Tuesday, “we’re just struggling to make it through at this point,” said Brian Cornelius.

He had harsh words for the accused killer Richard Fessler, “He’s an animal and he’s where he needs to be, in a cage and that’s all I have to say,” said Cornelius.

Alexandria Police told FOX19 Now that Fessler is the nephew of Cornelius. Kemplin is Fessler’s half brother. At this time police cannot say what the motive behind the shooting is.

Fessler was appointed a public defender in court. He will have his next hearing on November 21st.

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Police responded to North Cottonwood Court around 3:45 p.m. Friday after a neighbor dialed 911 as she rendered aide to one of the victim’s gunshot wounds.

Officers responded there and found the victims. After searching the area, they found a black Ford Focus in the driveway of a home on South Bellewood Drive that they say Fessler had fled the scene in and abandoned.

He was later arrested at 1 a.m. Saturday in the area of Washington Trace Road.

Fessler remains in the Campbell County jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 21.

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