Kenneth Foy Lankford, 46, was charged Nov. 10 with two counts of first-degree murder, a class 1 felony, in the deaths of Terry Lankford and Carol Fowler. He is also charged with one count of attempted murder, a class 2 felony, in the shooting of Thomas Fowler, Carol Fowler’s husband, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Lankford is being held without bond in the El Paso County jail in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Terry Lankford and Fowler, both 51, were found dead Nov. 9 in separate homes about two miles apart in the neighborhood of Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, according to the news release. Thomas Fowler, 52, was found shot at the same Black Forest home as his wife. He was transported to a local hospital and was reported to be in stable condition, according to the news release.
During the course of the investigation Kenneth Lankford was identified as a suspect in the shootings because of his “connection to one of the homes,” Sgt. Joe Roybal of the sheriff’s office told The Times-Independent. Investigators have not released any further information about the case or Lankford’s connection to the women, but several news sources have identified Terry Lankford as Kenneth Lankford’s wife.
Kenneth Lankford was arrested at about 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, after he led sheriff’s deputies in a vehicle and foot chase that ultimately involved a S.W.A.T. Team and the Colorado Springs Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit, along with air support from the Denver Police Department, according to the news release.
Lankford, who formerly lived in Moab and attended Grand County High School, was a convicted felon who was barred from possessing weapons. In 2005, Lankford sparked a two-day manhunt in Moab after he evaded police who were trying to arrest him on warrant for violating his probation after failing to report to his parole officer. During that incident Lankford disappeared into the Moab sloughs and managed to escape a police dragnet.
Lankford was eventually captured and returned to Utah State Prison.
He served several terms in Utah prisons for felony charges of aggravated assault and burglary and misdemeanor drug charges and was released from the Utah prison system in 2008.