Yesterday a Ft. Campbell soldier was charged in the murder of his wife, Kathleen McGee age 30 from Hopkinsville, KY.
On December 2, 2011, Fort Campbell Staff Sgt.Michael Korolevich intentionally shot his wife in the head during an argument. When the 911 call was made the husband claimed his wife shot herself.
The work of the investigators and forensics team on this case should be an example for all law enforcement agencies across the county to follow when intimate partner homicide is suspected. Rarely does a woman take a loaded gun and kill herself. Nearly 80 percent of all firearm suicides are committed by white males. That was the first red flag. The second is that the husband placed the call making the false claim.
The Christian County Sheriff's office began interviewing friends and family, discovering Kathleen McGee was in fact in a violent relationship. She feared for her life. Investigators paid close attention to the Staff Sargent's account of what he claimed happened the night of December 2, 2011. Investigators continued to keep their prime suspect in their the radar.
On Wednesday, after intense questioning, the Sargent finally admitted he murdered his wife. He is now being held on $1 million dollars cash bond. This case was solved because investigators went beyond the crime scene for answers, crucial in cases of intimate partner homicide, but often neglected by investigating agencies. They looked and considered the pattern of conduct in this case (a factor in all I.P.V crimes) carefully reviewed the evidence and spoke with people whom directly knew Kathleen McGee.
Kathleen McGee's cause of death could have easily been ruled as so many I.P.V.H. cases do everyday, a suicide, undetermined death or gone completely cold.
Just think how many cases would be solved if all law enforcement agencies across the globe investigated intimate partner violence and homicide cases as a serious crime!
Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education as a educator and specialist with intimate partner violence prevention strategies directing prevention for high risk situations and cases.
A national trainer to law enforcement, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals, victim advocates and the faith based community and author.. In partnership with Management Resources Ltd. of New York addressing prevention and solutions within the community to the workplace. Host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show,"Time'sUp!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host onCrime Wire. Online contributions: Forbes : Crime, She Writes providing commentary about the hottest topics on crime, justice, and law from a woman’s perspective, as well as Time's Up! a blog which searches for solutions (SOS) for victims of crime.