Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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One Dead in Apparent Murder
Date of News Release: 09/02/2012
(Smithfield, KY) – Detectives from Kentucky State Police Post 5 are continuing their investigation into an apparent murder in Henry County.
At 3:19pm on Saturday, September 1, 2012, KSP Post 5 Dispatch received a call of a shooting occurring at 7634 Ballardsville Road in Smithfield, Kentucky. When Troopers arrived on scene, they discovered that Joseph Bibelhauser, a 61-year-old male, had been shot in the head as a result of a property dispute with the alleged perpertrator. Joseph Bibelhauser was later pronounced dead at the scene. The alleged perpetrator, 57-year-old James Fowler of Smithfield, Kentucky, was later charged with murder and lodged at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center.
KSP Detective Kurt Buhts is leading the investigation. Detective Buhts was assisted at the scene by the Eminence Police Department, Henry County EMS and the Henry County Deputy Coroner, Mike Paris.