One of my goals in making regular posts related to my current book project is to provide new information. On my recent visit to the Pembroke area, I had a chance to interview Lisa Petrie. You may remember that Lisa Petrie testified at trial. She had been a supervisor of Joan’s at the Soda Shop where Joan had been working at the time of the murders. Joan’s behavior after the murders, along with some statements Joan made, led Lisa to call lead investigator Scott Smith eight days after the murders to let him know about her concerns.
The jury never got to hear what comments Joan had made that caused Lisa’s concern because of a hearsay objection. I can tell you now that some comments were made that only someone involved in the murders would know. I’d love to share what those comments were, but the information is so sensitive, and still being investigated, that they could still play a role should Kit be granted a new trial. For that reason, I can not share all that was said.
I can, however, share another story I first heard from Lisa Petrie. This story involves another murder, this one occurred just five months before the triple homicide.
Early on the morning of June 28, 2015, an Amish couple were brutally attacked at their residence on Old Trenton Road in Guthrie, Kentucky. Joan had been renting a property from the Yoders. They operated a large farm. 79-year-old Amos Yoder died from his injuries. His wife, Marjorie, sustained serious injuries that left her brain damaged. The motive is thought to have been robbery.
Joan talked about the murders to her co-workers. She described the Yoders as being like grandparents to her kids. Over the following weeks, Joan seemed to come into a windfall of sorts. She bragged about new furniture and a car she had purchased. She showed up to work in new outfits. When asked where the money had come from for the expensive purchases, Joan said that her mom had sent her the money. The Yoder attack and murder are still unsolved.
In the clip below, Lisa explains why she called the police after the triple homicide. She also talks about the Yoder murder.