Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Columbia Walmart Supercenter
Open 24 Hours
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Ohio man, 48, pleads guilty to 2005 murder at Ft. Knox
Ohio woman, missing since 2005, found in woods in Meade County, at Fort Knox Military Base
From U.S. Attorney's Office
Department of Justice, Western District of Kentucky
PADUCAH, KY - (8 Feb 2016 - A Toledo, Ohio, convicted murderer pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, in United States District Court, on Friday, February 5, 2016, to a Federal Information charging him with the 2005 murder of a woman at Fort Knox Military Base, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
In court, defendant Ernest Otto Smith, 49, admitted that on or about January 7, 2005, he murdered Cathy M. Barnett willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation, on the grounds of Fort Knox, within the special territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
According to the plea agreement, on January 3, 2005, Smith robbed and shot and killed James Dillingham in Toledo, Ohio. It is believed Barnett was present during the murder. Shortly after the murder, Smith and Barnett fled Toledo and ultimately headed south to Kentucky in Smith's van. Smith had formerly lived and worked near Fort Knox.
During the trip to Kentucky Smith decided to murder Barnett because she witnessed the Dillingham murder and could tell the police about the murder. On January 7, 2005, Smith's van broke down in Kentucky and Smith and Barnett hitchhiked and they were dropped off near Fort Knox. Smith and Barnett walked approximately one quarter of a mile down a service road off the main highway, into a wooded area located on the grounds of Fort Knox, in Meade County, Kentucky. In the wooded area, Smith first attempted to break Barnett's neck, and then beat her on the head with a tree branch until Smith knew Barnett was dead. Smith left Barnett's body in the woods and eventually traveled to Tennessee where he was arrested in Nashville on January 21, 2005. In March 2006, Smith was convicted in Ohio of the Dillingham murder and was sentenced to 32 years of imprisonment.
In late 2010, Smith spoke with his former parole officer, Dan Van Vorhis, who asked Smith what happened to Barnett. Over the course of several recorded conversations, Smith explained to Van Vorhis the details of her murder. Smith also identified where Barnett's remains would be found. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched and found Barnett's remains on the grounds of Fort Knox, in the wooded area identified by Smith.
As a result of his guilty plea, Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, and a potential $250,000 fine.Smith was in the custody of the Ohio Department of Prisons. His sentencing before Senior Judge Russell is scheduled for March 22, 2016, at 3pmCT in Louisville.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This story was posted on 2016-02-09 20:37:00
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic News:
Chris Reeder congratulates Coach Bell and freshman Indians
Campbellsville Independent Schools on regular schedule Wed 10 Feb 2016
Tyson picked his family today, no longer available for adoption
CU classes cancelled tonight, Tue 9 Feb 2016
District 8 Road Condition Update - 4 PM Eastern
KYTC District 4 - Road Conditions Update
Indians basketball games postponed or cancelled
Eddie Bardin at Journey to Recovery Fri 12 Feb 2016
Alan W. Reed: No school in Adair Co Wed 10 Feb 2016
4-H arts and crafts class for Tue 9 Feb 2016 cancelled
View even more articles in topic News
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
Columbia in the Movies
from the archives of
Click for Stories
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.