Man accused in 2016 Elsmere double murder to appear in court

Man accused in 2016 Elsmere double murder to appear in court
Charles Eapmon (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A man accused of gunning down two family members in April 2016 appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Charles Elmer Eapmon, 54, was arrested in December and charged with two counts of murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Eapmon said in court that he can’t get an attorney because the attorney wants a $50,000 retainer bond.

He says he’s trying to put his property up for sale to pay the retainer.

Eapmon was not arraigned since he did not have an attorney. He will be back in court at a later date.

Carolyn Ann Tomlinson and Charles Douglas Eapmon were murdered execution-style on April 6, 2016, at their home on Merravay Drive in Elsmere, Ky.

Charles Elmer was the uncle of Douglas Eapmon.

According to a police report, Elmer confessed to killing the couple.

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said part of the motive of this crime revolved around the family drug dealing business.

James Allen Eapmon, 33, formerly of Elsmere, who is also facing the same charges as Elmer Eapmon, is serving a life sentence in Arizona for trafficking meth and will be extradited to Kentucky to stand trial.

Each faces up to 50 years or life in prison, Sanders said.

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