Driver in Kroger crash indicted on attempted murder charge

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Other charges downgraded

By Kelly Cantrall

The woman accused of crashing her car into a Kroger store has been indicted on nine charges, including attempted murder.

June A. Blocker, 52, was indicted by a grand jury in Hardin Circuit Court on two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count each of first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Blocker drove her car Feb. 5 through the front doors of Kroger on Dolphin Drive, injuring two people inside, according to Elizabethtown Police Department.

The attempted murder charge is an upgrade of the charges lodged against her when she was arrested.

The Class B felonies, which are punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, charge that a person has committed the offense when he or she “intentionally or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life wantonly attempted to cause the death” of someone, according to the indictment.

The assault charges were downgraded to second degree, Class C felonies, from the first-degree Class B felonies charged at the time of arrest.

Class C felonies are punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary said a serious physical injury is required to justify a first-degree assault charge, and the grand jury decided the injuries sustained by the two victims in the incident didn’t meet that standard.

Blocker was involved in a similar incident 15 years ago when she drove a car through Kroger on Towne Drive. At that time, she was charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree criminal mischief.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenews