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Abdullah White indicted for murder in Buffalo death

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Autopsy reveals cause of death as asphyxia

By Sarah Bennett

Nearly two months after Kristie L. Allen was found dead inside a burglarized Buffalo residence, Abdullah R. White, the Radcliff man seen fleeing the scene, has been indicted for murder.

LaRue County Coroner Todd Skaggs said Tuesday the 28-year-old died by asphyxia, which he defined as “a type of suffocation.” The autopsy report, completed earlier this month, ruled Allen’s death a homicide.

A LaRue County grand jury indicted White, 35, for murder, first-degree burglary and complicity, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and complicity, receiving stolen property and complicity, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Allen was found dead Dec. 30 inside a College Street home where she was house-sitting for friends. An arrest warrant alleges Allen’s mother, Beverly Allen, went to the residence to check on her daughter when she observed White leave the house and get into Allen’s Toyota Camry.

“(Beverly Allen) stated that she heard (White) stating, ‘Go, go, go’ to the unknown female operator of the vehicle,” the warrant alleges.

Police believe the “unknown female” to be Samantha J. Kolley, 19, of Elizabethtown, who also was indicted Monday for second-degree burglary and complicity, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and complicity, receiving stolen property and complicity, and first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

According to indictments, the two “prepared the body of Kristie L. Allen to be moved after her death with intent to impair its verity or availability in the official proceeding.” The indictments also allege the two attempted to hide Allen’s vehicle, which police recovered in Taylor County.

Kolley’s indictment also accuses her of aiding White, who spent several days on the run before being arrested Jan. 4 in Louisville, in his eluding of law enforcement.

Kolley and White previously were indicted for theft by unlawful taking — auto and complicity. The two each face more than 10 counts of felony offenses.

According to police, items stolen from the Buffalo residence included televisions, an entertainment center, a laptop computer, clothing and sports memorabilia. Belinda R. Martin, 27, of Elizabethtown, is facing a receiving stolen property charge in Hardin Circuit Court for allegedly accepting items taken from the Buffalo residence.

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines asphyxia as “loss of consciousness as a result of too little oxygen and too much carbon dioxide in the blood.”

Skaggs said he couldn’t say how Allen was suffocated, but she was not strangled.

In January, media outlets reported Allen’s cause of death as strangulation, which Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, refuted in a Jan. 5 news release.

“We have not released the cause of death as strangulation because that is not true,” Chaffins stated at the time. “The final autopsy report has not been received so we have not released the cause of death.”

White remains lodged at the LaRue County Detention Center. His bond status has been upgraded to $2 million cash. Kolley’s bond has been increased to $200,000 cash. Both are set to be arraigned for the upgraded charges March 5 in LaRue Circuit Court.

White also has been charged with being a fugitive out of Tennessee, where he was wanted for probation violations for drug-related felony convictions — possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute — Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Meredith told The News-Enterprise last month.

White previously was convicted of murder in 1996 after he and several other teens were interrupted during a burglary attempt. According to a citation, White shot the man who caught them in the act with a stolen shotgun and later admitted to the shooting.

He served a 20-year sentence and was released in 2008, according to the Department of Corrections.

Allen’s autopsy report could not be released to media, Skaggs said, citing the open investigation and pending jury trials.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.