Arraignment was held on the morning of Thursday, May 4th, in Christian District Court for the suspect accused of fatally shooting a woman on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3. That suspect is Earl Guillemet, a 65-year-old convicted felon.
Judge Foster Cotthoff of the Christian District Court confirmed, during the hearing, that Earl Guillemet of Hopkinsville, Kentucky understood the charges against him during the hearing. Judge Cotthoff then entered a not-guilty plea on the behalf of Guillemet and set his bond at half of a million dollars. He has been charged with Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
WBKO, reporting on the murder, Guillemet’s alleged fleeing from the scene of it and disposal of evidence during that flight, and his arrest, said:
Hopkinsville Police say officers were called to reports of shots fired near the 300 block of East 18th Street.
When they arrived, officers discovered a female victim who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say witnesses in the area saw a silver Chevy truck leave the scene and security footage was captured.
Through witnesses in the area and security footage police identified Earl Guillemet as a suspect.
Evidence showed him throwing items away that he had in his possession just after the incident occurred.
Hopkinsville Police say those items were critical to their investigation.
Guillemet was found and charged with murdering 59-year-old Dolores Hernadez.
The police recovered the firearm that Guillemet allegedly used for the murder. Guillemet has been a convicted felon since 1997, so he was not allowed to possess a firearm, hence the “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” charge.
The Hopkinsville Police Department posted about Guillemet’s arrest and the crime he allegedly committed on its Facebook page, saying:
On May 3rd 2023, officers were dispatched to the 300 Block of East 18th St. in reference to a shots fired call. As officers were arriving on scene, a female victim and been discovered and was later pronounced deceased. Witnesses in the area observed a silver Chevy truck leaving the scene and security footage was captured. A black male with gray facial hair was seen walking towards the victim’s residence just moments before the call for service. With information from witnesses and captured video, Guillemet was seen to be throwing items away that he had in his possession just after the incident occurred. After further investigation, it was determined that those items were of critical importance. Guillemet was then located and interviewed. Through the investigation, it was determined that he committed the murder of 59 year old Dolores Hernandez and a firearm was recovered. A criminal history was done and it was determined that Guillemet has been a convicted felon since 1997. We at the Hopkinsville Police Department would like to extend a huge thank you to Christian County Sheriff’s Office and our community for their assistance and a job well done to our Patrol Officers, Detectives and Strike Force/ Special Investigations Unit for their diligent work. Ultimately, Guillemet is charged with Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.
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