Not guilty plea entered in New Albany rape fantasy murder case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the woman investigators say invited a man into her home to play out a rape fantasy, then shot and killed him.
Police say Lisa Shuler called them Monday night to report she shot a man at her home on Wabash Avenue, just outside New Albany city limits. Police arrived to find 49-year-old Charles Pierce on the floor with several gunshot wounds.
If found guilty, she could receive up to 65 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The judge requested a public defender for her and mandated no bond for her.
The victim's mother, Mildred Pierce is beside herself. In the last four days she has lost her son and has to listen to the details of this bizarre case. "He was just a good human being. A good human being," she says.
Mildred Pierce last saw her son the night police say he showed up to the house on Wabash Avenue. "That night when he left, he said, 'Momma, I'll see you later tonight or first thing in the morning.'"
Prosecutor Keith Henderson says, "It is a tragic case. Tragic on both sides. That someone has lost their life at the hands of another."
The probable cause affidavit says a Floyd County Sheriff's detective found a "large pool of blood in the living room near the front door," and "blood spatter on the living room wall." It also says the detective noticed a .40 caliber handgun on the floor near the body.
The detective said Shuler gave "various accounts of what happened." Eventually, according to the document, she told the detective that Pierce had "photographs from a previous sexual encounter that she did not want her husband to see."
The affidavit says when Pierce arrived, the fantasy role playing began when she performed a sex act on him, but she decided she did not want to go any further. When Pierce began to leave, the affidavit says she didn't want him to depart with the photos of the earlier sexual activity. The document says she pulled out a firearm and "fired until the gun was empty."
James Osborne, a neighbor of Pierce's, remembers his old schoolmate as a man with a bad reputation with women. "I do know, in my opinion, I don't think he treated women very fairly."
But Pierce's mother, who calls him "Eddie," paints a different picture, and says there is no way her son would take part in the details outlined in court documents. "He was just a kind-hearted person. And he wouldn't hurt a soul. He wouldn't hurt nobody."
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