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Buggeland indicted on charges of parents' murders

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Other April indictments will be in Sunday's edition of The News-Enterprise.

By Kelly Cantrall

Erik John Buggeland, the Elizabethtown man accused of killing his parents in September, was indicted in April on two counts of murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking more than $500.

Buggeland, 36, was arrested in October in connection to the deaths of his parents, retired gynecologists Terje and Margaret Buggeland. The couple was found dead in their home in September by their oldest son, Steven Buggeland. Erik Buggeland, who lived with his parents, was missing. He was found eight days later in his mother’s car in McNairy County, Tenn. He was jailed in Tennessee until he was extradited to Hardin County at the end of October.

He has been described as “diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic” by Kentucky State Police, and a mental evaluation was ordered for him by the court. He disapproved of his legal counsel in a November court appearance, claiming they weren’t his lawyers and that he didn’t “want these people standing beside me.”

He is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home several times before the deaths because of arguments or mental inquests the parents filed for both of their sons.

Eric Buggeland has a court appearance scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hardin County Justice Center.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.