Police: Teens confessed to killing

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By Bob White

Police say three teens charged in last week’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Mackenzie Smyser have confessed to roles in what is being described as a premeditated murder.
According to Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman Bruce Reeves, Connor Jordan Galenski, Jason William Gowers and Ryan Wilt of Louisville admitted to investigators to that they took part in Smyser’s killing last Tuesday during interviews.
A tip to Louisville Metro Police helped Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown locate Smyser’s body near Patriot Lane, just off Ky. 313.
Smyser was shot in the face and chest, according to arrest warrants for the teens.
Reeves said police believe Wilt, who resides on Kentucky Avenue in Louisville, drove the car that brought Smyser to Hardin County.
The killing, according to police, was planned.
Gowers’ grandmother, Margaret Young, said earlier this week that Smyser’s killing stemmed from a dispute over $130.
All three suspects are due in court Monday for probable cause hearings. The cases likely will be sent to a grand jury for review for possible indictment.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.