Woman indicted for capital murder in stabbing death

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By The Staff

    PIONEER VILLAGE - A woman has been indicted for the stabbing death of her husband in June.

    Shelley Denise Abell, 48, of Pioneer Village, was indicted with the capital offense of murder.

    She was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance.

    According to Pioneer Village Sgt. John Cottrell, Abell allegedly stabbed her husband, Willis Rodney Abell, 55, on June 24, 2010.

    At the time, she called Central Dispatch to report that intruders invaded their home and stabbed her husband.

    After in investigation, Cottrell said her story did not match up. Shepherdsville crime scene investigator Jeremy Wilson assisted with the case.

    Upon furthering questions, Cottrell said that the suspect admitted there were no intruders and she stabbed her husband with a boning knife in the chest, which struck the heart.

    Police had made numerous runs to the residents on domestic violence complaints. The couple were married in January 2010.   

    Under the indictment, a capital offense could mean a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

    The possession of cocaine charge is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    She remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.