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UPDATE: Johnson County man pleads not guilty to killing wife

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Published: Dec. 18, 2018 at 9:10 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/20/2018 @ 6:31 a.m.

The man police arrested Tuesday for killing his wife pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Paul Lemay is in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Police said he shot and killed his wife, Mandy Lemay.

The Johnson County coroner believes he left her body in their home, potentially for weeks.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 26.


UPDATE 12/18/18 @ 9:45 p.m.

A man is facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting and killing his wife in the Oil Springs area of Johnson County. Family members say there were signs of an unhealthy marriage, but they never thought it would lead to this.

Kentucky State Police troopers say Mandy Lemay, 27, was found dead Monday at a home on KY-825.

Lemay's husband, Paul Lemay, 50, was arrested that same night and charged with murder. He is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

KSP troopers say Mandy Lemay had no contact with family for several days -- perhaps even weeks. They say it appears she had been killed at an earlier date. Her body has been taken to the state Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

Mandy's brother, Homer King, told WSAZ it's been emotional torture.

"I taught her how to ride her first bike," King said.

"I can't stand the thought of the way somebody could actually shoot somebody that they love," said another brother, Jonathan King.

While they are devastated and shocked by the news, the brothers say there were signs of abuse in the married couple's relationship.

"She would just take off and come here and stay for a few days and she'd say they always worked it out," said Homer. "You never know what goes on behind closed doors."

Mandy and Paul met on the internet a few years ago, according to the family. They say Paul lived overseas and moved to eastern Kentucky where they got married.

They say both the husband and wife had struggles. Mandy battled a meth addiction for a short time, the brothers said. They claim Paul was an alcoholic. The brothers say they wish they knew about these problems sooner.

"All of our family would have been there for her in this situation if she would have contacted us," said Jonathan.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/18/18

A man is charged with murder after a woman was found shot to death inside a home.

Kentucky State Police troopers say Mandy Lemay, 27, was found dead Monday at a home on KY-825 in the Oil Springs area of Johnson County.

Paul Lemay, 50, also of Oil Springs, was arrested Monday night and charged with murder.

He is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

No other details have been released.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.