Woman says she was forced at gunpoint to kill missing Pulaski County woman

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The woman charged in the death of a missing Pulaski County woman appeared in court on Wednesday.

Deputies think they found the remains of LeeAnna Brumley earlier this month. Investigators said she was shot, hit with a hatchet and then burned.

Danelle Powell is charged with Brumley's murder and pleaded not guilty last week. On Wednesday, new testimony giving her defense said she was forced at gunpoint to kill Brumley.

Brumley and Powell were staying with Gerald Hendricks in late May when police said Brumley was led away from that house. When questioned by police in July, Powell told them that Hendricks threatened to kill her kids in front of her, then her if she did not shoot and kill Brumley.

"Body was then struck with a hatchet by Gerald Avalons Hendricks, according to Danelle Powell. They attempted to burn the body," said Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Detective Bobby Jones.

That was part of the testimony given during Powell's preliminary hearing. Right now, she is the only one charged with murder, but police do call both Gerald and his cousin Corky Hendricks suspects.

"Because I think that they need to get the same thing done to her that she did to my baby," said Anita Helton, Brumley's mother.

It was an emotional afternoon for Brumley's family, who packed the first rows of the district courtroom.

"To Danelle, to say shoot her, kill her, something to that effect and that's when Danelle Powell shot LeeAnna Brumley," said Lt. Detective Jones.

Police testified that burned human bones believed to be Brumley's were located. A judge found probable cause and now a grand jury will consider indictments against Powell and Hendricks' cousins. The judge set a bond for Powell at $500,000 cash or $1 million in property.



 
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