Woman charged with attempted murder during child exchange

TEMPLE HILL, Ky. – A Barren County woman was charged with attempted murder Thursday after Barren County Sheriff’s deputies said she fired as gun at her estranged husband during a child exchange in a business parking lot.

Marquitta Lessenberry, 35,  and Christopher Thomason, 27, both of Glasgow, were arrested following the discharge of a firearm during the child exchange in a convenience store parking lot, according to a release from the the sheriff’s office.

Lessenberry and Thomason had met at the Minute Mart in Temple Hill with Lessenberry’s estranged husband Wednesday to conduct a child exchange. After the husband had gotten into his vehicle following the exchange, Thomason is accused of approaching the man’s vehicle and pointing a handgun at him, according to the release.

The husband opened the door of the vehicle striking Thomason. At that time Lessenberry is accused of approaching the vehicle and pulling a handgun from a holster, according to the release.

The husband began to leave the parking lot as Lessenberry was accused of pointing a gun at him. As he was about to exit the parking lot, Lessenberry is accused of firing the gun in the direction of the vehicle but missed. Thomason and Lessenberry then left the store and went to their residence.

Deputies found Lessenberry and Thomason at their residence and a search warrant was then served on the property. Following the conclusion of the search warrant, Both Lessenberry and Thomason were arrested Thursday and lodged in the Barren County Corrections Center.

Lessenberry was charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, endangering the welfare of a minor, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense drug unspecified and third-degree possession of a controlled substance drug unspecified.

Thomason was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense drug unspecified and first-degree criminal mischief.