$5 million bond set for man accused of shooting, killing well-known Kentucky couple

Published 5:54 am Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A judge has ordered a $5 million bond for a man charged in the murder of a Kentucky couple who were shot and killed outside a duplex they owned in Richmond.

During an arraignment Monday, a plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Thomas Birl, 51, who is accused of killing Christopher and Gracie Hager, a well-known couple from Richmond.

Birl was also charged with arson, evidence tampering and receiving stolen property.

Birl is accused of  killing the Hagers outside of a duplex they owned in Richmond. Birl was reportedly staying with his girlfriend.

News sources report that Birl set the duplex on fire after the shooting and then jumped out of a bedroom window before being arrested.