Jury convicts 55-year-old in 2016 double homicide in Elsmere

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KENTON COUNTY, KY. (COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY) (WTVQ)– A Jury has convicted 55-year-old Charles Elmer Eapmon for killing his nephew Doug Eapmon and his wife Carolynn Tomlinson.

Eapmon is accused killing the couple while they slept in their home in Elsmere, KY on April 16 of 2016.

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According to the Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders, the jury deliberated for about five hours before finding Eapmon guilty of two counts of murder, and one count of tampering with evidence.

The jury recommended a life sentence in prison for Eapmon.

Eapmon had five prior felony convictions.

According to the Commonwealth Attorney, Rob Sanders, on April 16th, 2016, Elsmere police responded to the home on Merravay Drive after the couples children found their bodies in a downstairs bedroom.

He says investigators determined the couple was shot as they slept. The children were not harmed and did not wake up during the shooting. It states a safe was missing from the house but nothing else was taken.

No arrests had been made for over three years.

In a release from the Sanders, a break in the case came in November of 2019 after detectives met with Eapmon’s cousin James Eapmon in Tucson, Arizona. It states in December of 2019, the Kenton County Grand Jury indicted Eapmon and James Eapmon for two counts of murder and on count of tampering with evidence but COVID-19 shutdowns had delayed the trial multiple times.

Once courts were reopened, the case was called before Kenton Circuit Court Judge, Patricia Summe on May 4th.

Sanders says that James Eapmon was the primary witness in the trial and told jurors “Uncle Charlie” killed Doug because he was tired of Doug “running his life” via the family’s drug dealing business. He said that Carolynn was killed to prevent her from being a witness to Doug’s murder.

The trial lasted five days over a two week span. The jury deliberated for five hours before finding Charles Eapmon guilty on all charges.

He will appear before Judge Summe again in June for final sentencing.

James Eapmon is scheduled for sentencing next month and is still serving a life sentence for unrelated conviction for trafficking meth.