Accused killer dies in prison
by Brittany Wise Reporter
A Clarkson man awaiting sentencing in the Kentucky State Reformatory died on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 while incarcerated in LaGrange.
Todd Henson, Public Information Officer with the reformatory, confirmed on Tuesday that 85-year-old Alva Curtis Gussler, who was charged with murder, passed away in the prison’s medical unit at 4:25 a.m. last Saturday of “natural causes.”
Gussler, who was still listed as a Grayson County inmate rather than a state prisoner, had spent the last eight months of his life awaiting a local trial.
Gussler’s murder charge stemmed from the January shooting death of 59-year-old Laura L. Ford at his home on Tara Lane in Clarkson.
According to Master Trooper Norman Chaffins with the Kentucky State Police, Gussler produced a gun and shot Ford in the chest before turning the weapon on his son, 48-year-old Michael Gussler. Ford was transported to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at just after 9 p.m.
Michael Gussler was also taken to TLRMC where he was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the arm.
Alva Gussler was subsequently arrested and charged with murder and assault in the first degree, according to a representative with the Grayson County Detention Center, where he was held on a $50,000 cash bond following the incident.
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