Two people charged in Hardin County’s first homicide of the year in April have been indicted on a variety of charges, including complicity to commit murder of the mother of one of the accused.
Krystal Erbelding, 33, of Elizabethtown, and Jacob Lugmayer, 27, of Radcliff, could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted of the April 30 shooting death. Kathy Erbelding, 63, of Elizabethtown was found dead in the basement of her rented Wise Lane home by Kentucky State Police. She had been shot twice, according to an autopsy report.
A Hardin County grand jury Thursday indicted the pair on complicity to commit murder, a Class A felony, punishable by 20 to 50 years, or life in prison, if convicted, as well as first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. The case is death penalty eligible, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young has said.
Both also were indicted for abuse of a corpse, a Class D felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Lugmayer also was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, also a Class D felony.
Hardin County Deputy Coroner Shana Norton said Kathy Erbelding was shot once in the head and once in the abdomen. She said Erbelding was legally blind.
Kentucky State Police discovered her body around 9 p.m. April 30 after getting a search warrant for the home.
According to arrest citations, when Kentucky State Police arrived at the home with the warrant, Lugmayer fled and was located on foot on Hutcherson Lane.
In an interview with police, he reportedly admitted to trying to dispose of the body and destroying and throwing his cellphone in the woods, according to a citation.
Krystal Erbelding transferred $700 from her mother’s account into hers, according to a citation and said she purchased the gun used in the shooting.
She said she had returned to the home she shared with her mother around noon April 30, police say, and was told by Lugmayer that he had killed her mother, according to the citation. She said she stayed in the home with her mother until about 5:30 p.m. when a friend came to pick her up.
The Elizabethtown Police Department was contacted at 5:30 p.m. regarding a possible homicide. Elizabethtown Police Department then contacted the Kentucky State Police.
Lugmayer and Erbelding are being held in lieu of $1 million cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. They are scheduled to appear Tuesday (7/14) in Hardin Circuit Court.