A Menifee County was charged with murder only hours after his wife was found dead Tuesday night.
Kentucky State Police told media outlets that early Wednesday morning 20-year-old Austin Prater, of
Frenchburg, was arrested and charged with murder after his wife, 18-year-old Mariah Prater, was found dead in a ditch off Old State Road, just outside of Frenchburg.
Austin Prater is also charged with violation of an EPO, leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury and tampering with evidence. He is accused of running over his wife with his truck, getting out of the vehicle and checking on her and then calling 911.
After making the call, he reportedly threw his phone into a grassy area and drove away.