Man Arrested in Tompkinsville Murder

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Around 11:30 a.m. on April 21, police arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Hodges for the death of 76-year-old Randall Page.

On April 20, police found Page stabbed to death in his Tompkinsville home.

Police say arrested Hodges did confess to killing Randall Page.

"Apparently some type of altercation. An argument over something, something probably minor," says Trooper Dwaine Barnett, with the Kentucky State Police.

Neighbors and friends still couldn't believe Randall Page had been murdered.

"It's unreal," says Linda Nelson, who knew Randall Page.

"He was just an ole' country fellow," says Rex Bledsoe, who says he knew Page.

"It was a shock, yes it was, because we've known him. He's never given us any trouble and it was just a sad thing," says Page's neighbor, Jennifer Holman.

Jennifer Holman lives beside Randall Page and says she never heard anything out of the ordinary over the weekend.

"It must have happened sometime when we weren't here," says Holman.

But it's hard to miss police now searching Page's home, looking for the knife that was used in the murder.

While that has yet to be found, there is still this crime tape reminding friends and neighbors of what happened to Randall Page on Sunday.

It's a scene that has also left them wondering, what happened on their normally quiet street?

"He never hurt anybody and for somebody to kill him, its not right, you know," says Linda Nelson.

"You would think they could've worked out their disagreements some other way other than ending up stabbing him like that," says KSP Trooper, Dwaine Barnett.

"He didn't' deserve nothing like that though, I know," says Rex Bledsoe.

As of this afternoon, police had not recovered the knife Kenneth Hodges says he used to stab Randall Page.

They say he did confess to them that he threw it near the home as he was leaving.

Kenneth Hodges is currently lodged in the Monroe County Jail, charged with the murder of Randall Page.

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  • by Lori Location: Henson on Apr 23, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I've known Mr. Page's wonderful son Ronnie Page for many years and my prayers go out to him and his family at this horrible time of loss.
  • by Julie Location: Tompkinsville on Apr 21, 2008 at 05:51 PM
    I live on Magnolia Street, behind Randall's house. He was such a nice person and it's hard to believe that somebody would senselessly kill somebody like Randall. He never bothered anyone. All he ever did was sit in the Family Dollar parking lot, smoke his cigarettes, and talk to people at the rummage sales. It's a shame.
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