Dubuque Family Wants Answers After Man Was Killed in Kentucky
by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque family says they want answers after their nephew was shot in killed in Kentucky last week. The man accused of pulling the trigger isn't facing any charges.
Randy Travis Arnold, 24, grew up in Dubuque.He used to be known as Randy Brandenburg.
Nelson County Sheriff's Deputies say his father in-law shot and killed him near Bardstown, Kentucky. The Brandenburg family says a Kentucky law called the Castle Doctrine is protecting the shooter. That law is similar to a Stand Your Ground Law meaning, a homeowner is allowed to use deadly force to protect himself from an intruder, but the Brandenburg family says Kentucky police won't tell them what their nephew did or didn't do to threaten his father-in-law.
Rebecca Brandenburg says she and Randy Arnold's other aunts raised their nephew as if he was their own child.
"He had my name tattooed on his neck," Brandenberg said.
Brandenburg says Randy recently married April Arnold and took her last name. In July, the couple and their one year old son moved into a Kentucky home with April's father, Vernon Arnold. The Brandenburg family says Randy and Vernon didn't get along.
"They didn't see eye to eye. I think (Vernon) tried to correct the baby. But to Randy that's his doing. He's the father, " Brandenburg said.
The family says Arnold had a heart of gold. Although they admit he had a criminal record in Dubuque, including disorderly conduct and assault with injury charges.
"Everybody said he had a mean streak. He did," Brandenburg said. "He had a mean streak when you messed with his family."
Investigators say Vernon shot Randy in the neck inside the home they all shared. Vernon does not face any charges and investigators are not revealing why they decided to apply the Castle Doctrine in this case.
"I want to know for peace of mind for all his brothers and sisters and his aunts and uncles to know what happened in that house," Brandenburg said.
The Brandenburg family understands Arnold may or may not have been guilty of a crime in this case, but they say they deserve to know the whole story.
"We don't understand. We don't understand why (Vernon) isn't locked up until the trial, " Brandenburg said.
Phone calls to investigators and prosecutors in Kentucky went unanswered and were not returned, Monday. The listed phone number for Vernon Arnold has been disconnected.
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