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Jail: Man charged in 2016 killing of Florence couple dies awaiting trial after contracting COVID-19

Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 29, 2020

LEBANON, Ky. — A jail official says a Kentucky man charged with two counts of murder has died from COVID-19 complications while in custody awaiting trial.

Irvin Mann is chief of security for the Marion County Detention Center. He tells news outlets that 56-year-old Craig Pennington died Monday at Norton Healthcare in Louisville. Mann said Pennington was hospitalized on Dec. 11 for shortness of breath and tested positive for COVID-19 while hospitalized.

Pennington was charged in July 2016 with killing 38-year-old Robert K. Jones and 35-year-old Crystal J. Warner. Court records say Pennington had pleaded not guilty to the murders and was scheduled for a pretrial conference on Jan. 15.