Youngster custody dispute turns lethal, man charged with manslaughter

David Sizemore / Laurel County Detention Center

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A custody battle became fatal when a friend intervened and fatally shot the child’s father, investigators said.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said 27-year-old David Sizemore was charged with first degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Daniel Austin Binder from London around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The shooting took place at a house on Nu Way Trailer about five miles east of London.

According to Sheriff and Sheriff’s Det. Taylor McDaniel, Binder, went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on custody that resulted in an argument between the victim and his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend on the apartment porch. Sizemore fired multiple shots and hit Binder multiple times, the sheriff said.

Detectives found a gun on the scene.

Binder was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Doug Bowling.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday in Frankfurt.

On-site for the sheriff’s office in Laurel County assisted the lead investigator – Detective Taylor McDaniel and Lieut. Chris Edwards, Detective Robert Reed, K-9 / Shift Sgt. Gary Mehler, Deputy Hunter Disney, Deputy Brent France, Deputy Hobie Daugherty, and Deputy James Fox. Also present were the Laurel County’s Coroner Office and Laurel County’s Ambulance Inc.

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