Arrest made in murder of Franklin County woman

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities say they arrested a suspect in the murder of a woman in Frankfort.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says Billy Joe Turner was taken into custody Tuesday night.

He is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

The arrest comes after 39-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Smith was found murdered inside a home on Meadow Glen Drive Tuesday morning.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office says she died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Shortly after she was found, authorities began searching for a person of interest in the case, Derek Garten.

The sheriff says they are still looking for Garten.

Garten was last seen driving a Toyota 4Runner with a front vanity plate saying “punisher,” and authorities say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Derek Garten is a person of interest in the murder of Margaret Elizabeth Smith.

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