MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY – The man accused of shooting and killing a McCracken County special education teacher in 2020 pleaded guilty to her murder on Tuesday.
Kelvin Richardson’s guilty plea was accepted in McCracken County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon, Commonwealth Attorney Dan Boaz said.
Boaz says Richardson should be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing will be held on May 4 at 9 a.m.
“Unless executed, it’s as severe a punishment as possible,” Boaz said.
The teacher, Carrie D. McCord, was fatally shot in her backyard in May 2020. Police say Richardson was released from prison just over a year before the shooting. Officers said McCord was helping Richardson adjust to life outside of prison, but she later obtained an interpersonal protection order against him, in an attempt to keep him away from her and her home.
McCord has taught in many local school districts. At the time of her death, she was most recently working for McCracken County Schools. She had also taught at Crittenden County Schools and Paducah Public Schools.
“Ms. McCord was loved in this community. Her work as a special education teacher touched many lives, and what happened to her is horrific and tragic,” said McCracken County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Mills.
Boaz says his office was negotiating with Richardson’s attorneys outside of the Frankfort Public Defender’s Office, as well as input from McCord’s family.
“They felt like life without the possibility of parole would keep the community safe, and they thought it was a fitting solution to the case,” Boaz said.
While the case is in favor of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Mills says that doesn’t change the horror of the loss of life.
“You never leave a situation like this feeling good,” Mills said. “It’s tragic and you just hope the family can heal and move on.”
The CD McCord Memorial Scholarship for Graduates of Paducah Tilghman High School was created in his memory.