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Posted: Monday, 16 September 2013 9:56PM

Man Charged With Murder Dies Just Prior To Competency Hearing

Alva Gussler, the 88 year old man charged with murder in January 2013, died Saturday, September 14th at the University of Louisville hospital.  Gussler was scheduled to appear on Monday (09/16) for a competency hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court for the charges of murder and 1st degree assault.  Gussler allegedly committed the crime of murder when he intentionally caused the death of Laura Ford by shooting her, and causing physical injury to his son, Michael Gussler, by shooting him with a handgun.  The altercation took place at Gussler's home on Tara Lane in Clarkson. 

According to police, Michael Gussler and Laura Ford lived with the elder Gussler.  Laura Ford was taken to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.  Michael Gussler was shot in the arm and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital, according to the Kentucky State Police. 

Reportedly, one of Gussler's neighbors said he had never seen the suspect and thought he was bedridden.  In a media release, then Public Affairs Officer Trooper Norman Chaffins said that Alva Gussler told detectives he was hurt during the incident. “He made the point to tell us that that happened to him, but obviously we're going to look into that,” Chaffins said.

Less than six months after the initial incident, Michael Gussler was charged with committing the offense of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.  Those charges were filed on or about June 25, 2013.  Reports suggest that he, acting alone or in complicity with others, manufactured methamphetamine or had in his possession the chemicals and/or equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.  No confirmed hearing date has been seat as of today. 

The elder Gussler is scheduled to be laid to rest in a grave side service on Tuesday, September 17th at the Center Point Baptist Church Cemetery.

Photo Credit WLKY 
Gussler Residence - Photo courtesy of WLKY

Laura Ford & Michael Gussler - Family Photo

Laura Ford and Michael Gussler - Family Photo

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