Details about cause surface in Marlow case

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Marlow facing felony charges in shooting death of James M. ‘Marcy’ Thomas III

By Jennifer Corbett

Details as to why a Bardstown woman allegedly shot and killed her on again, off again boyfriend in April are described in newly filed court documents.

Documents filed Jan. 24 include Susan Marlow’s statement to police as to what led to the shooting death of James M. “Marcy” Thomas III, 51; statements from a couple who saw Thomas lying by his vehicle after the shooting; a report from the chief medical examiner on the injuries Thomas received; evidence logs from the scene of the shooting and several pages of police logs and domestic violence orders detailing a history of domestic violence between the two.

Court documents indicate that Thomas received gunshot wounds to his chest, left thigh and genitalia.

Marlow has maintained that she never intended to kill Thomas. She told police she shot near him after the two got into an argument at her home on April 10. Marlow’s lawyer, Jason Floyd, has said his client was acting in self-defense. She is set to appear in court for a jury trial on Feb. 24. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 14.

Marlow is accused of shooting and killing Thomas at her home at 1660 Plum Run Road.

She was indicted on one count of murder by a Nelson County grand jury in May.

According to an investigation report, Marlow told police she lived at 1660 Plum Run Road by herself, and that Thomas had moved out in October.

The two had stayed at Lure Lodge at Lake Cumberland the night before the incident because Marlow had to be in court in Russell Springs.

When the two were on their way to Raywick, Marlow said they began arguing, according to the police report.

Once they returned to Marlow’s home, the argument continued. At one point, Marlow told Thomas, “You’re going to see me on f***ing ‘Snapped’ one of these days. You just keep on and keep on f***ing with me,” according to the report.

“Snapped” is a television show that profiles true crime stories about women who have committed murder or attempted murder, often against their spouses.

Marlow told police she didn’t mean that statement literally.

The two continued to argue, and Marlow asked Thomas to go home, according to the police report. When Thomas went to his car, Marlow went to her bedroom on the second floor of the residence, where she kept her gun locked up. With the gun in hand, she went downstairs and saw Thomas had come through the front door, according to the report. His car was still running in the driveway.

Marlow told police Thomas tried to pull the gun out of her hand. She said that when she got loose from Thomas, she shot at him while he was going toward the front door.

She shot again and thought she shot lower while he was still in the house. She told police she thought Thomas went to his car and then got out. A dog was in the car at the time.

Marlow told police Thomas said, “Susan, I’m dying. You shot me,” according to the report.

Marlow told police that she replied, “You lying motherf***er. I didn’t shoot you.”

Marlow told police she thought Thomas was lying to her.

A couple, later identified as Tony and Julia Batts, found Thomas lying near his vehicle. Julia asked Marlow if Thomas as OK.

“She said she didn’t think he was hurt,” according to the police report. “She stated she thought he got a piece of glass and cut himself to get sympathy because that was the kind of person he was. She said he had a pulse and she rolled him over because she couldn’t see where he was shot at and couldn’t see blood.”

Marlow told police she then noticed blood in Thomas’ groin area.

Statements from Tony and Julia Batts

In their statements to police, Tony and Julia Batts detailed how they saw Thomas lying next to his vehicle when they were riding around looking at houses that morning.

“We passed by and noticed a man lying on the ground beside his car on his side, seemed to be not moving,” Julia wrote in her statement.

Julia told police that she and her husband turned their car around and asked Thomas if he was OK from a distance because there was a large dog in his vehicle. During this time, EMS was called to the scene.

“A few minutes or less a lady came out and stated to see what was the problem,” Julia said in her statement to police. “She stated it was her boyfriend because I asked her what happened. I only remember her saying she shot. … As she rolled him over, there was blood on his side. As she checked him, there was a small hole in his chest area.”

Tony’s statement to police was similar to his wife’s.

“She said that he was her boyfriend and they had an argument, and he busted out a window,” Tony said. “She told us not to worry about the dog, so I went up to him, and his eyes (were) open and mouth. No pulse and kind of cold. … I (saw) a hole in his chest.”

Police reports

When Nelson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Hardin arrived on scene, he found Thomas lying in the grass on the edge of the driveway beside a black car. He noticed a woman sitting beside Thomas holding a towel to his chest.

In his report, Hardin said he asked the woman what happened.

“She stated she didn’t want to say anything because it was her house,” Hardin said in his report.

Hardin then notified Nelson County Dispatch to contact a detective because it appeared that Thomas was deceased.