During Shadrach Peeler’s court appearance today, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young filed aggravators in the case to seek the death penalty.
Elizabethtown police say Peeler opened fire on four people Feb. 21 at two Elizabethtown locations. He was indicted last week by a Hardin County grand jury on numerous charges.
Peeler, 35, of Elizabethtown, is being held in lieu of a $2 million cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. He is accused of shooting Cherie Turner, 34, to death Feb. 21 on West Warfield Street. Police said he then went to a convenience store on North Miles Street, killing store co-owner Subash “Su” Ghale, 40, and injuring two others inside and outside of the store.
Police have said Turner and Peeler lived together on West Warfield Street. He was arrested shortly after police were called to the convenience store around 11:30 p.m.
Peeler also is accused of shooting and injuring Prayash Baniya, 31, of Elizabethtown, a store employee and close friend of Ghale, and Nadia Browne, 34, of Elizabethtown.
Baniya was shot multiple times including in the neck and is in University Hospital in Louisville. Browne was shot in a leg and has been released from the hospital.
Peeler, a convicted felon, also was indicted on one count of first-degree assault; one count of second-degree assault; tampering with physical evidence; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and resisting arrest.
Without the death penalty, Peeler would face 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted, on the two murder charges.