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Details of shooting revealed at Monday hearing; alleged shooter still in jail


Keith Mason is led into court Monday for a preliminary hearing in the shooting death of his former stepfather Robert Vanover.

An Oak Ridge man will continue to be held in the Whitley County Detention Center until a grand jury decides whether to indict him for shooting and killing his former stepfather on Jan. 20.

Following a preliminary hearing that lasted over an hour Tuesday afternoon, Whitley District Judge Cathy Prewitt ruled there was sufficient evidence to bind the second-degree manslaughter case against Keith Mason, 40, over to a Whitley County Grand Jury for consideration, and she declined to lower Mason's bond.

"I don't believe he is a flight risk. I believe he is a danger to the community," Prewitt said. "I have judicial discretion, and I will leave the bond at $1 million cash."

The only prosecution witness called during the hearing was Chief Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy K.Y. Fuson, who is the lead investigator in the case.

Fuson said that most of the witnesses and the evidence painted a similar picture of events, but that there were some discrepancies.

The shooting happened before noon on Jan. 20 on Ayers Road in far western Whitley County.

The victim, Robert "Bobby" Vanover, 60, had gone to the area to see his son, Kevin Vanover, whom he had recently reconnected. Bobby Vanover and his ex-wife divorced about 24 years ago, and Bobby hadn't seen his son for years until just a few days before the shooting.

Kevin was living on his mother's property, and neither she nor Mason wanted Bobby Vanover there.

The accounts of what happened vary slightly according to statements from Keith Mason and Leah Mason, who were both at the scene of the shooting, and Kevin Vanover, who was further away, Fuson testified.

Keith Mason was helping his daughter move that day when they drove down the road, and saw a black Ford parked near one gate.

They went to where Kevin was living, and he told them the truck belonged to a friend of his, and there was nothing to worry about.

Keith Mason told police that he and his daughter were going to check on a spring, and then they saw someone standing outside his vehicle, Fuson testified.

At that point, Mason asked the man, who he was, and the man replied Bobby Vanover.

Mason told Vanover that he wasn't supposed to be on the property, and that his mother had EPO's and other various paperwork against him.

Bobby Vanover then reportedly told Keith Mason that even though Mason was half his age, he would whip him all over the road, and then he struck Mason with a gazing blow to his left lip.

After being struck, Keith Mason fired multiple shots striking Vanover in the chin, the upper chest area near the neck, and in the side.

Before leaving the scene to call 911, Mason moved the body so that another vehicle wouldn't come along and hit it, Fuson testified.

There was no cell phone service at the scene of the shooting, nor for several miles around it.

The area is so close to the Tennessee state line, that Mason's 911 call reporting the incident went to the Campbell County 911 Center rather than Whitley County.

The Campbell County Sheriff, four of his deputies and Campbell County EMS were the first emergency responders to arrive at the scene about 11:57 a.m.

Vanover was already dead with fixed pupils and no heart rate or breathing.

Leah Mason gave authorities a slightly different story.

After Kevin told her and her father that the truck belonged to a friend, they didn't believe him. She told Fuson they thought it might be Robert Vanover and wanted too make sure that it wasn't him.

"They didn't believe what Kevin said. They were suspicious," Fuson testified.

Leah Mason told investigators that she saw an altercation between her father, and saw Vanover throw a punch, but couldn't tell if the punch connected.

Fuson testified she thought she saw something black in Vanover's hand, but wasn't sure.

Police recovered a black mag light that was about 16 inches long from the scene of the shooting, which Kevin Vanover told police belonged to his father, and which his father usually kept in the back of his truck.

Fuson testified that there would have been no need for a light in the road at that time of day, and defense attorneys stopped just short of implying that Vanover may have had it out for use as a weapon.

Fuson testified that Mason never reported seeing the flashlight, and even if Vanover had it with him, Mason didn't perceive it as a weapon.

Police found no evidence that anyone was armed with a gun besides Keith Mason, Fuson said.

Kevin Vanover told police that when Mason came over asking about the truck, he was afraid there was going to be trouble, and told his father to go down the road towards Williamsburg until Mason was gone.

Instead, the vehicle apparently traveled about 80 to 100 yards in the opposite direction towards Tennessee, Fuson testified.
Kevin Vanover told police that he later heard five shots, and after finishing working on a bobcat that he had trapped, he got concerned about the shots, and went to investigate.

"Kevin made the statement that he thought his dad was just goofing around shooting. He didn't want to believe that possibly his dad was killed," Fuson testified.

When Kevin saw the body, he kneeled down near it to pray, and then went off towards his residence to be alone, Fuson testified.

Fuson said that Mason's .380-caliber semi automatic handgun would hold six rounds in the magazine, and another round in the chamber, if it was fully loaded. When police confiscated the gun, it had one round remaining in the magazine, and another round inside the chamber.

One of the wounds Vanover suffered, the shot to his chin had stippling around it, indicating it was likely fired from a relatively close range of only a few feet away, Fuson testified.

When asked about Vanover's reputation in the community, Fuson said he is aware that Vanover spent time in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, and that he had previously been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Fuson said there were no EPO's entered against Vanover in Kentucky, but that he hadn't done a search in Tennessee yet.
Mason had no prior criminal history before this incident, Fuson testified.

Fuson said that when Mason was younger, Vanover abused him more verbally than physically, and Vanover abused Mason's mother physically.

After the shooting, Mason talked to authorities without a lawyer present, and drove to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department where he was charged later that afternoon.

Defense attorneys called only one witness, Betty Webb, who is Keith Mason's mother and Bobby Vanover's ex-wife.

Webb testified that she and Bobby had divorced about 24 years ago, and that she hadn't seen him for about 20 years until he showed up at her home on Christmas Day.

She said he was mumbling and looked mad. He told her he was going to take care of business and wished her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Webb testified that she felt scared and threatened by the incident.

Webb testified that she had taken out at least five restraining orders against Vanover, and that he had been very abusive towards her and her children.

She said Vanover would hit Mason in the head when he was young, and that Vanover never went without a weapon.

Webb said her son suffers from various physical problems, including a debilitating muscle disorder, a rod in his leg, back problems and problems with his hands.

"He's really in bad health," she testified.

When Mason entered the courtroom for Tuesday's hearing, he used a cane and apparently walked with the assistance of deputy jailers.
 

Comments

Lindsay Withers (February 01, 2012) Reply

1) Keith is not a menace to society, never has been and never will be! To keep him on a million dollar cash bond is ludicrous. Are thought and prayers are with you Cousin.You have so much love here in Ohio and out in Arizona. No matter what happens, God is watching over you and he knows the real truth.


only niece (February 02, 2012) Reply

Really? Are you mentally ill too? NO value of human life is what it sounds like !! You nor Keith have any concept on the value of a human life. If Bobby had intended to harm Keith he would have Christy!! NO WEAPON lady!! I'm so sure Keith felt so threatened that he shot at him 5 times?? NO EXCUSE. A man Keith's size could hold him own without murdering someone don't cha think? NO you don't think!! That's why you replied with such a comment only a heartless individual could think of. No one deserved to be shot NO ONE! Evidently Keith has a lose screw for doing so. You should refrain from commenting on one sided stories dear. Your reply is threatening & disrespectful!! People like you is why the worlds in the shape it's in/ Looking for excuses for brutally shooting someone at close range that had no weapon. Who shoots someone they're fearing their life from in the face & neck? A PSYCHO!!! That indicated RAGE not self defense. If Bobby intended & was looking for trouble he'd have had the GUN NOT KEITH sweetie!!! You know nothing therefore need to refrain from commenting. The FACTS are the facts!! I pray you never lose a loved one shot by someone due to your illiterate comment. It may come back to haunt you. Let the family have what peace we are grasping for. I filed a report against your post today. I found it very disturbing & my family don't deserve your cold heartless words.


Joe Friday (February 03, 2012) Reply

Excuse me for minute while I throw up from the comments about how the deceased didn't deserve what he got. How do you know? I have studied human behavior and the factors that cause someone to kill or maim. The Mason kid had an underlyng reason for what he did, it is very apparent the man had been abused as a child. This Vanover man has been controlling the man for many years, it's not uncommon for the perpetrator to stalk their victim into their adult life. They want to control them and stifle any thing that may cause them to go to jail. If you look at the way the Catholic church and Penn State covered up the sex abuse you can see what I am talking about. This 3 time felon probably thought that Mason was going to turn him in and tried to intimidate him the only way he knew how and that is by threatening him. A jury wont convict this kid of anything but maybe manslaughter, because if I was on the jury I would want to know if there was prior abuse. A reasonable doubt exists here. And KY law allows anyone to use deadly force to protect themselves if they are handicapped, confronted with a MAGLITE, or forced out of their car or residence. This is a tricky situation. But the man reacted to defend himself from a longtime predator and did what he had to do. I think that someone should create a legal defense fund and get some big lawyer to defend him. The abuse will come out in the trial and if his sister can confirm the abuse then the man will walk free. A million dollar bond is excessive, and with no previous record he should be allowed a bond reduction. If I had the money he would be out of jail and preparing his defense. Some of you need to research sex abuse on children and what it does to them in adult life.


Fact finder (February 04, 2012) Reply

As someone who tells people to read the facts. Neice. facts are facts and I am sure the court will find them. To me it appears that you can not count? The paper said that vanover was shot 3 times striking Vanover in the chin, the upper chest area near the neck, and in the side. and there was one shell in the chamber and one in the magizine. thats five bullets accounted for and the gun holds six. therefore Mr Mason must of missed with one shot. Just the facts.


Anthony M Iacobucci Sr (February 01, 2012) Reply

This situation was a nightmare from the start and by the time the ENTIRE Events of what factualy occured that late morning wii shed a whole new light on the shooting and will show that Mr Mason is not the cold blooded killer as projected by LEO'S, Media Outlets and those in the local community not to mention the families and friends of the two parties involved. With all due respect, if the Law stands as I feel it should as a PROUD UNITED STATES Citizen I hope will find a case of clear Self Defense, for Mr Mason go free and the Hanover family grieve for the loss way to early for a man who throughout his natural born life was not only an abuser of woman but children too, as well as alcohol and that my friends to me is " it caught up to him". Still a shame all the way around. Good Luck to all. IAC>>>>>>>


Christy (February 02, 2012) Reply

Keith Mason never has been and never will be a danger to society. I have known this man my entire life, and have never EVER seen him so much as raise his hand in defense of himself, and from what i do know, he protected himself and his daughter from an abusive, dangerous man who would have done the same to him had he not used the force in which he used. There is more evidence in Mr. Vanover's record of abuse, drug use, abuse and Keith and his family have had to use the law to protect themselves from this man for the past 20+ years! sending your prayers, friend - we will stand behind you and get you out of there - you DO NOT belong in jail!!!


Jed turn bull (February 02, 2012) Reply

I knew bobby personally for many years and he was no saint 3 time felon the last being manufacture of meth has anyone seen the havoc that stuff reals in life's but in today s society that's o k we wonder why so many young kids are in rehab while people like bobby are walking the streets has anyone thought about looking this guys record up and see just how " harmless" he is


niece (February 02, 2012) Reply

His actions not only killed my uncle but I watch my family's life change every day now do to their loss. His actions have left a mother without a son. He had not layed eyes on Keith mason in over 20 yrs. There had been no contact. Evidently Keith lost all grasp on his mental state & turned violent. Bobby had not seen Keith's mom in 20 yrs or more & the fact is there is no epo or anything of the such in the system against Bobby. I don't care who you are but you have no right to comment in such a manor that it hurts people grieving. Show some respect & refrain from posting comments that suggest Bobby deserved to die. As for your drug & alchol comments he was not using drugs thank you very much and has no history of violence except when his ex wife lied & said he had beat her & took him for every dime he had over 20 yrs ago. No one deserves to have their life taken. Had he not killed Bobby he would not be in jail. Bobby was defenseless but Ol' Keith was carrying a gun. If Bobby was so violent where was his? That's right he didn't have a gun because he wasn't the one looking for trouble.


Anthony M Iacobucci Sr (February 04, 2012) Reply

Niece, your statement that Bobby had no contact with the family in the last 20yrs! REALLY? then I must have hallucinated on Christmas Day when Bobby showed up at his ex wifes house, pounding on the door, yes POUNDING, thats what got my attention and proceeded to scare, intimidate and cause added undue pressure, mentally and emotionaly to his ex wife. She threw him off her property and in fact had he been 30 seconds longer to leave I would have called the police. the man was clearly intoxicated, threatening, violent and mean spirited. im a man and he intimidated me. Then recently, Bobby again, being violent and hostile resulted in Mr. Mason defending himself and as a matter of fact people don't believe that the late convicted drug dealer, user, abuser wife and child beater wasn't armed during this confrontation with Kieth. infact speculation is as Kieth went for help and left the scene, upon his return, Bobby's son was hovering over him, heard the sirens, hopped on his ATV only to return later with changed clothing etc. People believe during the time he was alone with the Bobby he very well could have removed a weapon, drugs, etc from Bobby (his Dad) to help in the vengence against what happened. VANOVER WAS NEVER AN INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZEN However, Mr. MASON has NO CRIMINAL HISTORY etc. etc etc. Whitley County Officials have made a mistake in the investigation, (for lack of thorough forensic evidence gathering) arrest, bond etc of Mr. Mason. They will correct this as more truth and fact come out. WE PRAY FOR KIETH AND FAMILY!!!!


john (March 18, 2012) Reply

You have failed to mention that Bobby's son Kevin told the officer that he thought his dad was just goofing off shooting his gun when he heard the shots. This means that his son, who he was with him that day, knew he had a gun. You also fail to mention that the first time bobby was shot, he stumbed back and then came running back at Mr. Mason. This would imply that Vanovers intent is to kill or harm the person he is running at after the person shot him. If you know your facts, then how bout you start sharing all of them not just what you think will better the reputation of Mr. vanover and ruin the rep of Mr. Mason.


Tara (February 02, 2012) Reply

I have known Keith and his family for several years now. He has been a blessing to my family in the last couple of years as we have faced some tough life challenges. He has been a support and a friend to my husband and myself and has always been around to lend a helping hand. I have a great respect for him and his family, I am saddened that he is in this situation, but I believe his integrity and character will shine through and justice will be served. Keith Mason is man always looking to give a helping hand, not looking for a fight.


Aaron S (February 02, 2012) Reply

Keith used to be a customer of mine at my former place of employment. I do not know any of Keith's family or friends or anything about them. The only thing I know about him is from the times he was at my store. I was completely shocked when I heard what had happened and was even more shocked when I heard that he is being labed as a menace to society or anything other term that some ignorant people are using. Keith treated me with more kindness and respect than anyone else that ever came in that place. He is a good human being who is a productive member of society.


Kathy C. R. (February 02, 2012) Reply

I have known Keith for over 25 years. We graduated High School together, and he was always a good hearted person who would loved to cut up and make you laugh. Anytime I saw him, he would always have a smile on his face. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Anyone who has ever known Keith, knows that for him to have done something of this magnitude, he would had to have felt like he had no other option, if he wanted to get out of the situation alive. Keith never went out looking for trouble. Until this happened he had never been arrested or had any kind of criminal history. Someone who is a cold blooded killer would not have called the police and then go back to the scene to wait for them, and then drive to the detention center to be arrested. A cold blooded killer would have left the scene and get as far away from there as they could, before any police showed up. My heart goes out to everyone involved. I am praying that the Grand Jury will see Keith for the person he really is. Kind and caring, would help anyone who needed it and not as the monster who is a "danger to the community". Keith we are praying for you and supporting you. Hang in there.


Kathy C. R. (February 02, 2012) Reply

I have known Keith for over 25 years. We graduated High School together, and he was always a good hearted person who would loved to cut up and make you laugh. Anytime I saw him, he would always have a smile on his face. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Anyone who has ever known Keith, knows that for him to have done something of this magnitude, he would had to have felt like he had no other option, if he wanted to get out of the situation alive. Keith never went out looking for trouble. Until this happened he had never been arrested or had any kind of criminal history. Someone who is a cold blooded killer would not have called the police and then go back to the scene to wait for them, and then drive to the detention center to be arrested. A cold blooded killer would have left the scene and get as far away from there as they could, before any police showed up. My heart goes out to everyone involved. I am praying that the Grand Jury will see Keith for the person he really is. Kind and caring, would help anyone who needed it and not as the monster who is a "danger to the community". Keith we are praying for you and supporting you. Hang in there.


Sharon (February 02, 2012) Reply

To all of you that don't know how me and my cousin Keith were raised! We never would hurt anyone that wasn't out to hurt us or our loved one's with dangerous means! This is a horrible thing that has happened but everyone needs to see this in the eyes of being abused themselves! When I was young Bobby tried doing drugs with us as teenagers he had no concern for no one but himself! I saw the abusive nature of him upon my visits to their home! Keith has never done harm to no one! If anything he was protecting his own family besides for himself! Keith will not run he deserves to have a bond he can make and to get the medical professional help he needs! Seems like some people are out to do Keith more harm than what has been done! God will be with him to make the decision of what should be his punishment not the one's that were not even there when it happened! Keith was a lover not a killer!! Anyone thinks differently didnt know him at all!


David Viles (February 03, 2012) Reply

I can only say that Keith had to feel like he or his child was in imminent danger for him to act in this way. I went to school with Keith and watched him walk away many times when trouble showed it's ugly head. He was not an aggressor by any stretch of the imagination. Although it is a tragedy that a man lost his life; it is unconscionable to say that Keith Mason is a threat to society. That is not who this man is. I would hope that the judge takes into account Keith's spotless record, and see the context in which the egregious history between these two men played a part in the death of Robert Vanover. I'm sorry for the loss of Mr. Vanover, but Keith Mason is NOT a cold-blooded killer. Let us not forget that there was a "Mag-light" found at the scene and by all accounts there was a physical altercation between the two men. Whether it was the opinion of the deputy, or Keith's inability to decipher if it was used in a threatening way; the fact remains that there was a weapon there. Keith was probably in shock, the truth be told. He did make a 911 call, and move the body so that no one would hit the body showing respect for another human being despite the fact he shot him. Doesn't sound like the practices of a "killer". I hope there is mercy shown to Keith Mason, it is clearly a case of self-defense.


Joe Friday (February 03, 2012) Reply

Excuse me for minute while I throw up from the comments about how the deceased didn't deserve what he got. How do you know? I have studied human behavior and the factors that cause someone to kill or maim. The Mason kid had an underlyng reason for what he did, it is very apparent the man had been abused as a child. This Vanover man has been controlling the man for many years, it's not uncommon for the perpetrator to stalk their victim into their adult life. They want to control them and stifle any thing that may cause them to go to jail. If you look at the way the Catholic church and Penn State covered up the sex abuse you can see what I am talking about. This 3 time felon probably thought that Mason was going to turn him in and tried to intimidate him the only way he knew how and that is by threatening him. A jury wont convict this kid of anything but maybe manslaughter, because if I was on the jury I would want to know if there was prior abuse. A reasonable doubt exists here. And KY law allows anyone to use deadly force to protect themselves if they are handicapped, confronted with a MAGLITE, or forced out of their car or residence. This is a tricky situation. But the man reacted to defend himself from a longtime predator and did what he had to do. I think that someone should create a legal defense fund and get some big lawyer to defend him. The abuse will come out in the trial and if his sister can confirm the abuse then the man will walk free. A million dollar bond is excessive, and with no previous record he should be allowed a bond reduction. If I had the money he would be out of jail and preparing his defense. Some of you need to research sex abuse on children and what it does to them in adult life.


Laughing at you (February 03, 2012) Reply

What kind of drugs are you on Joe Friday? The man is 41 yrs old the news states. It also states he'd not seen him in over 15 yrs so how did the Vanover man control him? Last time I checked it was said Keith Mason claimed he didn't even recognize the man he shot until after he shot him. The paper said last week, dip ****.


Christy (February 03, 2012) Reply

Never in my life have I heard of anyone being held over on a million dollar bond for second degree manslaughter with a witness to a self defense case - it is beyond unreasonable, especially when the "viticim" was a 3 time felon with a history of abusing the very man who shot him. Thank you for your perspective. I feel bad for a family that is grieving, as they had no part in this, but there is a lot more to this case than said family would have you believe.


Adam (February 03, 2012) Reply

What a HORRIBLE TRAGEDY to happen to such a "OUTSTANDING and PEACE LOVING FAMILY"!! I've known this Family for years and i'm still in "MAJOR-SHOCK" that this happened to them. For those of you reading my words that "ACTUALLY KNOWS CHRIST AS SAVIOR" and "BELIEVES IN GOD ANSWERING PRAYER" PLEASE join me in holding this family's Heart up to the Lord. The Bible says in Proverbs 21:1 "THE KINGS HEART IS LIKE CHANNELS OF WATER IN THE HAND OF THE LORD; HE TURNS IT WHEREVER HE WISHES"...Lets Pray that the JUDGE and JURY will see this CORRECTLY and show MERCY where MERCY is warranted.


you need help buddy (February 03, 2012) Reply

How do u control a 41 year old man?? You sound retarded sir. How do you control a grown man whom you have had no contact with for over 20 some years?? Just curious. Hail to the king Keith for killing a man? Last time I checked it was against the law. You people sound pathetic. Let the dudes family alone. I personally have never condoned taking a human life no matter what the reason. The police do say int the papers the Vanover man had no weapons so I see no justification in firing 5 bullets at the man.


good luck (February 03, 2012) Reply

keith is a good person, him getting help and not just leaving him there to waste says something. Did anyone ever think that the bond is for his pertection against that crazy family. they sound crazy, especially when they expect us to believe that a 3 time felon is innocent, against a man that has no record at all. he wasn't provoked or anything, give me a break!! any way prayers and best wishes are with keith and his family at this horrible time and lets hope the justice system really works in the innocent's favor.


god bless (February 04, 2012) Reply

keith is a wonderful person, he has always been concerned for everyone else before his own well being. he has always been the type of person that you could call and if he could help he would without a secound thaught. he is a great addition to society not a danger. i just hope that everyone is praying for keith and the family, so this nightmare is over soon, and that they can finally forget about this man once in for all!!


big mike (February 04, 2012) Reply

If it were ok to kill off & murder all of the bad azz dope heads you people wouldnt be here posting. All of you need to get lives of your own & stay out of other peoples. Especially people you don't even know from adam!


friend of keith and jenn (February 04, 2012) Reply

I am still in shock of this tragedy. I have known Keith and his sister Jennifer for many years. Keith was the kind of person who made you smile and laugh whenever he was around. My last memories of Keith was when he was walking his sister down the aisle to give her away in marriage. What a happy day it was for the both of them. Everyone will have their own opinion but I am praying for a positive outcome to this tragedy. I know in my own heart that Keith Mason isnt a danger to society and I am praying that will be revealed to the grand jury!!


We love you Keith (February 04, 2012) Reply

I've known Keith my entire life he is a wonderful loving man. I'm proud to have him as my cousin. Praying for him and the rest of our family that this horrible tragedy can be put behind him. He is a good person. Praying for you that you will be home soon.


Anthony M Iacobucci Sr (February 04, 2012) Reply

Niece, your statement that Bobby had no contact with the family in the last 20yrs! REALLY? then I must have hallucinated on Christmas Day when Bobby showed up at his ex wifes house, pounding on the door, yes POUNDING, thats what got my attention and proceeded to scare, intimidate and cause added undue pressure, mentally and emotionaly to his ex wife. She threw him off her property and in fact had he been 30 seconds longer to leave I would have called the police. the man was clearly intoxicated, threatening, violent and mean spirited. im a man and he intimidated me. Then recently, Bobby again, being violent and hostile resulted in Mr. Mason defending himself and as a matter of fact people don't believe that the late convicted drug dealer, user, abuser wife and child beater wasn't armed during this confrontation with Kieth. infact speculation is as Kieth went for help and left the scene, upon his return, Bobby's son was hovering over him, heard the sirens, hopped on his ATV only to return later with changed clothing etc. People believe during the time he was alone with the Bobby he very well could have removed a weapon, drugs, etc from Bobby (his Dad) to help in the vengence against what happened. VANOVER WAS NEVER AN INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZEN However, Mr. MASON has NO CRIMINAL HISTORY etc. etc etc. Whitley County Officials have made a mistake in the investigation, (for lack of thorough forensic evidence gathering) arrest, bond etc of Mr. Mason. They will correct this as more truth and fact come out. WE PRAY FOR KIETH AND FAMILY!!!!


Anthony M Iacobucci Sr (February 04, 2012) Reply

Whitley County Officials have created a grave (pardon the pun, un intended) injustice against Mr. Mason. Kieth is one the first people I met here when I came to town. we where nieghbors and friends. we have spent a considerable amount of time together. In all my time being around Kieth, DO YOU KNOW THAT I NEVER EVER ONCE HEARD HIM CURSE SOMEONE NOR HAVE I HEARD HIM TALK BAD AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON AND IF HE DIDN'T CARE FOR A PERSON HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE RESERVED AND SAY NOTHING RATHER THAN SAY ANYTHING BAD. He was not the type that liked confrontation or is/was the type to fight. he is a law abiding citizen who evoked his constitutional right of his 2nd admendment to carry a firearm for personal protection so I pose this to the neysayers, if you are disabled, with your daughter and are confronted by a man whom not only is threatening "to send you to hell as he sticks his head thru your open window of the truck Kieth was in, and is violently trying to pull on the door handle to get to him, has a mag light/ weapon in his hands and ASSAULTS him, some of you don't believe u have a right to defend yourself when and if you are in fear of "grave bodily harm". I BEG TO DIFFER! Ever hear of the "Castle Doctrine" look it up in Ky Statutes. Anyway, I fear that since Kieth is such a good guy that after the police responded they (police) deceived Kieth and gained his trust in order to get him to open up and talk about it what just happened and the way COPS twist words and get you to say things in a manner to incriminate yourself has resulted in Kieth being unduly, unjustly and wrongly held and charged with a crime. You see, its legal for law enforcement to lie to you, misleed you etc etc etc. In police related shootings, as a result of the shock the officer is under he does not speak to the investigators or internal affairs for a minimum of 24hrs. allowing him to gather his thoughts, calm down and relieve himself of the stress, shock and pressure of what just transpired, AND THIS IS A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL. But, a citizen that is involved in such a tragic situation, the police sit him down in a 5X5 room for hours and dont let up on interrogating you and saying what and how they want you to say it, henceforth incriminating yourself, not because you did anything wrong but because its not about right and wrong its about COPS, District Attorneys and others securing thier jobs for additional promotions and getting reelected again. The law hasnt been about right and wrong for many many decades and until people involved in these situations STOP talking to the POLICE until they speak with an attorney first, not to avoid criminal charges but to protect the rights of the person questioned, until then our prisons will have innocent people sentenced wrongfully. the system has been broken for a very long time and we need to fix the injustice. "FREE KIETH MASON TODAY" thank you for listening. God bless you brother, you will be home soon......


Lori Robinson (February 05, 2012) Reply

I went to high school with Keith and can not imagine him being a violent person in any way. My prayers are with him and his family during this time.


A friend (February 05, 2012) Reply

I have known Keith and his family for many years. This is a tragedy. Keith is a good hearted person who would do anything for anyone if asked and could not hurt anyone unless he or his daughter were threatened as any parent would do. He has always been there for me during hard times. I am praying for Keith and his family during this nightmare.


Anthony M Iacobucci Sr (February 09, 2012) Reply

To Keiths Supporters, SOME GREAT NEWS HAS COME OUT, (I CANT ELABORATE WHAT IT IS) BUT ITS GOOD FOR KEITH, WE HOPE. I can say that Whitley County Detectives are working hard on this and are looking into this situation very hard. they are not leaving any stones unturned and are trying to do their jobs but its taking some time. at first I got caught up in the moment and may have said some unfair things about them and I appologize to the Detectives. they have a tough tough job and cant make everyone happy or satisfy everyone. All that I ask is that they just take the time to look at EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY involved or whom was around the crime scene that day and the truth will come out, again, its just going to take some more time. i have spoke with Keith and alsao written to him and he sends his THANKS TO EVERYBODY! ofcourse he wants to be out of jail, atleast out on a reasonable surety bond. 1 MILLION DOLLARS is totaly unreasonable but just a little longer. Keith sends his HELLOS and THANKS TO ALL. When he does get out I would like to schedule a get together with everyone and if you are interested please email me at the email below if you would attend a gathering at a local restraunt one evening when he gets released or if i can help you or you can help Keith. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND NICE THINGS YOU SAY ABOUT HIM, He's a real good guy and doesn't deserve how he is being portrayed or treated. EMAIL US!!!!!!! I am Tony and you can reach me at freekeithmason@gmail.com


Kathy C. R. (February 13, 2012) Reply

Anthony, thank you so much for being such a big supporter! It warms my heart to know that there are so many people out there who know what kind of person Keith Mason really is and are standing up for him.


Christy (February 15, 2012) Reply

Tony - I will help in anyway that I can - I'll email you now. Thank you for the update - and thanks for being such a huge supporter or Keith - he is a good man, that doesn;t deserve to be in this situation and all we all want is for him to be out of there and back at home where he belongs!


barbarasuevanover (March 19, 2012) Reply

I have read all this bull shi-! No way in this world does this case show self defense! My brother was shot to death by a cold blooded killer! A lot on here is just not so! Bobby done his time for being a felon. One time not three! Too bad he didn't have a weapon on the day Keith looked for trouble and proceeded to find killing as his cowardly way! My brother lived a horrible life trying to be with his wife and family! I know that Keith's father hanged himself due to his life with Betty. He hanged himself in a barn when his son Keith was just months old. Ohio, is where this happened. Now, I know she is the reason why her son Keith chose to kill on Jan. 20th. He was in no danger, he could have spared a life on that day if he had actually wanted to do so! He intended to kill! Who is to say why he moved my brothers dead body and who is to say Keith couldn't find a weapon in my brother's truck so he threw a flash light on the ground or even moved my brother's truck! My brother lived in filth with his ex wife! Not ever sheets on any beds and never a clean dish in the kitchen! I know of no job she ever had! She impounded in her children's mind their father was to be hated! Their childhood with their father was stolen and then as adults once stolen again! Speaking of his son Kevin! I know the last few days of my brothers life were happy because he at last got to know his only son and this caused a killing! Two men she married now lay in a cold grave due to her self centered self! I understand Kevin's grand parents raised him after my brothers divorce from Betty! My brother would hvwe loved to have raised Kevin! I am indeed proud of my brother who I knew and loved! His life could have been so different had he never laid eyes on Betty Webb and Keith Mason! Betty's younger son, Kenny you may need to know your father! He may be a part of your life that has also been stolen! Where do you Killer see self defense when all you had to do was get into your truck and leave! If my brother was of harm to you then couldn't you see he only weighed 132 lb. due to cancer he had been with for several years! Your side is all we have heard! My brother is dead and can't tell what actually happened on his last few minutes on this earth! You stopped him is what I think! You thought it was Bobby's truck and waited so you could kill him! There were never EPO"S on him from Ky.or Tn. to my knowledge! After his divorce 20 yrs. ago. Like I said all you had to do was to drive away! I will never think my brother told you to leave! There was no injury to you! He was only there to take his only son food and clothing! Deeds show that Jennifer owns that property. 2004 it was placed into her name. Now just a bit of advise to all who think they know what happened, come to my face and try to say all that has been said on here that is so untrue!!! My brother was killed on a public road! Police can't say as to what happened only what that the killer said had happened! News articles are not always correct and when a life is taken what is printed should be facts not fiction! Most certainly not the killers side told! Bottom line is that he is a killer and nothing can change that!!! Kieth was never abused by Bobby! There was a divorce and Bobby did have rights for visitations until Betty took both the children to court saying they chose not to see their father! Bobby continued to pay his child support and try to get rights to see his two children! Two children now being over 30 yrs. of age! Betty made the choice to prevent their two children from their father. Seeing his son after many years got him killed! There is more to be said but I will let this be the only time I will look on this post due to so many untrue gesters! I will come to anyone's face and I will stand by my brother now and always and I know he would have never harmed Keith! Keith knows the truth, God and my brother! I pray some day to have my brother tell me just what happened! I don't believe a killer's word and I can't talk to my brother, he is dead from 3 gun shots. Five being fired! I call this an over kill don't you Keith and his so called friends and family of his! RIP MY DEAR PRECIOUS @ ONLY BROTHER! Our family and your friends will never forget you and every family needs a Bobby! We loved him dearly!


Intimidated NonWitness (February 25, 2013) Reply

Uh... Barb? You are a lunatic. There is something very very wrong with your head and most definitely with your soul. Suggesting that Betty's first husband killed himself because of what she did to him (or whatever crazy words you used ) is beyond horrible. I know all about the mental illness that ran rampent in his family. Now I know all about the mental illness that clearly runs in yours. While I was reading your hate filled, psychotic ramblings, my heart rate acclerated and I feel very frightned and intimidated by you. I'm sure that was your intention. You keep saying to tell it your face... Uh, No one is going to do that because you are clearly an unbalenced and untreated psychopath. If this is the sweet "i loves my brother and my family has done been wronged" famiy nature that you are trying to suggest... You have Failed Miserably. I am now frightened and horrified of every one of your family members. You should stop talking. Immediately. If you are trying to reflect that your brother was an innocent bystander and a super swell guy, You don't send the Largest Lunatic to be your Poster Child. Seriously. There is so much that is wrong with you.


barbarasuevanover (March 19, 2012) Reply

I have read all this bull shi-! No way in this world does this case show self defense! My brother was shot to death by a cold blooded killer! A lot on here is just not so! Bobby done his time for being a felon. One time not three! Too bad he didn't have a weapon on the day Keith looked for trouble and proceeded to find killing as his cowardly way! My brother lived a horrible life trying to be with his wife and family! I know that Keith's father hanged himself due to his life with Betty. He hanged himself in a barn when his son Keith was just months old. Ohio, is where this happened. Now, I know she is the reason why her son Keith chose to kill on Jan. 20th. He was in no danger, he could have spared a life on that day if he had actually wanted to do so! He intended to kill! Who is to say why he moved my brothers dead body and who is to say Keith couldn't find a weapon in my brother's truck so he threw a flash light on the ground or even moved my brother's truck! My brother lived in filth with his ex wife! Not ever sheets on any beds and never a clean dish in the kitchen! I know of no job she ever had! She impounded in her children's mind their father was to be hated! Their childhood with their father was stolen and then as adults once stolen again! Speaking of his son Kevin! I know the last few days of my brothers life were happy because he at last got to know his only son and this caused a killing! Two men she married now lay in a cold grave due to her self centered self! I understand Kevin's grand parents raised him after my brothers divorce from Betty! My brother would hvwe loved to have raised Kevin! I am indeed proud of my brother who I knew and loved! His life could have been so different had he never laid eyes on Betty Webb and Keith Mason! Betty's younger son, Kenny you may need to know your father! He may be a part of your life that has also been stolen! Where do you Killer see self defense when all you had to do was get into your truck and leave! If my brother was of harm to you then couldn't you see he only weighed 132 lb. due to cancer he had been with for several years! Your side is all we have heard! My brother is dead and can't tell what actually happened on his last few minutes on this earth! You stopped him is what I think! You thought it was Bobby's truck and waited so you could kill him! There were never EPO"S on him from Ky.or Tn. to my knowledge! After his divorce 20 yrs. ago. Like I said all you had to do was to drive away! I will never think my brother told you to leave! There was no injury to you! He was only there to take his only son food and clothing! Deeds show that Jennifer owns that property. 2004 it was placed into her name. Now just a bit of advise to all who think they know what happened, come to my face and try to say all that has been said on here that is so untrue!!! My brother was killed on a public road! Police can't say as to what happened only what that the killer said had happened! News articles are not always correct and when a life is taken what is printed should be facts not fiction! Most certainly not the killers side told! Bottom line is that he is a killer and nothing can change that!!! Kieth was never abused by Bobby! There was a divorce and Bobby did have rights for visitations until Betty took both the children to court saying they chose not to see their father! Bobby continued to pay his child support and try to get rights to see his two children! Two children now being over 30 yrs. of age! Betty made the choice to prevent their two children from their father. Seeing his son after many years got him killed! There is more to be said but I will let this be the only time I will look on this post due to so many untrue gesters! I will come to anyone's face and I will stand by my brother now and always and I know he would have never harmed Keith! Keith knows the truth, God and my brother! I pray some day to have my brother tell me just what happened! I don't believe a killer's word and I can't talk to my brother, he is dead from 3 gun shots. Five being fired! I call this an over kill don't you Keith and his so called friends and family of his! RIP MY DEAR PRECIOUS @ ONLY BROTHER! Our family and your friends will never forget you and every family needs a Bobby! We loved him dearly!


Megan Yates (March 19, 2012) Reply

ATTN: To Keith's biggest enemies We have recieved some WONDERFUL news... yet not so wonderful for Keith. Keep your fingers crossed that he is to go before the next grand jury (with newfound evidence being presented) and the rest of his life will be spent behind bars and cut short, just as Bobby's was!


tony iacobucci (July 12, 2012) Reply

NEW FOUND evidence? NOW THATS BS IF I EVER HEARD. WE ARE WELL AWARE OF ALL THE CORRUPTION, DRUG DEALING CIVILIANS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT YOU ALL PUSHED TO GET AN INDICTMENT. WE ARE AWARE OF THE TRUTH. WE ARE AWARE OF THE THEFT OF EVIDENCE FROM THE SCENE BY A PERSON FAMILIAR TO THE INCIDENT, WE ARE AWARE OF THE PAST BARBARIC ACTIONS OF THE DECEASED, WE ARE AWARE OF PEOPLE ILLEAGALLY INFLUENCING LOCAL AUTHORITIES, WE ARE OF BLAH BLAH BLAH. KEITH WILL HAVE HIS DAY IN COURT AND WHEN HIS AQUITTAL IS ANNOUNCED I CANT WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU ALL HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HOW RUTHLESS AND VIOLENT MR. VANOVER WAS AND WHAT WILL YOU ALL SAY ABOUT THE TESTIMONY AND HOW WRONG IT WAS THAT KEITH STOOD UP TO A VIOLENT MAN (SICK, OR NOT) AND REFUSED TO HAVE HIS FACE BASHED IN BY HIS LAW ABIDING, SAINT OF AN EX STEP FATHER. BLAH BLAH BLAh......... YOU PEOPLE ARE ILL AND IT MUST RUN IN THE FAMILY BECAUSE YOU SURE DONT KNOW THE DEFINITION TO SELF DEFENSE NOR THE MEANING OF "CASTLE DOCTRINE". IF KEITH BEAT BOBBY, SINCE HE WAS SO SICK, WHAT WOULD YOU BE SAYING IF BOBBY FEALT HE HAD TO SHOOT IN SELF DEFENSE> WHAT IF THE TABLES WERE TURNED, I DARE ASK. I PROMISE we are going to right the wrong that Keith was even charged to begin with. GET A LIFE People....


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