Man accused of conspiracy to commit murder arraigned

Published 8:11 am Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The man accused of plotting to kill two Boyle County residents was arraigned in court on Tuesday.

Kenneth Brown, 38 of Owenton, was video arraigned in Boyle County District Court, entering a not guilty plea in the charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Brown was appointed a public defender. 

He is lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center on a $750,000 bond.

Brown is accused of plotting with his juvenile stepson to kill two individuals related to the boy, and with whom the child was staying. He was arrested by the Kentucky State Police last week and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail before being brought to the Boyle County Detention Center.

“Preparations were already being made” when the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the plot on April 22, according to a press release issued from the office last week. 

According to files obtained in the Boyle County District Court Clerk’s office, Brown set up accounts on Facebook and Facebook Messenger to allow him to communicate with his stepson.

“The juvenile stated that Kenneth Brown told him ‘that if he couldn’t have the boys, then nobody would.’ Kenneth Brown instructed him to unlock his bedroom window to allow him access to the (intended victims’) home and to have his belongings packed so they could flee to Florida after the murders,” the file reads.

It is unclear how many children were living at the residence or if any other children were involved.

No one will comment on if the child involved is being charged, simply that he was being detained. Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean stated that the juvenile did not qualify to be charged as a youthful offender, commonly known as being charged as an adult.