Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces Indictment in cold case homicide

Husband indicted for wife’s murder

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Cynthiana, Kentucky resident Daniel T. Paynter (DOB 4-30-54) in the murder of his wife Lori Paynter.  Paynter is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3) and 1 count of Gross Abuse of a Corpse (Felony 5). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Paynter is now accused of murdering his 35 year-old wife Lori on December 11, 2002.  Lori was last seen alive at 7:30 p.m. on December 11th leaving the court reporting school that she attended in downtown Cincinnati.  Her car was found parked on Court Street in downtown Cincinnati.  Her husband reported her missing on December 12, 2002. 

On December 18, 2002 Lori’s body was found behind the Bluegrass Inn in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  The death was ruled a homicide as a result of asphyxiation and multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

On April 9, 2003 Lori’s clothing and personal items were found in a wooded area on Kellogg Avenue in Hamilton County, Ohio.   

Paynter had long been a prime suspect in the murder of his wife given a $200,000 life insurance policy that he had on his wife and a history of threats against her as reported by various family members.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This was a case that we always thought could be solved. Our office, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Elizabethtown Police Department, the Cincinnati Police Department and the F.B.I. never quit investigating.  I am happy that hard work finally paid off and that we have the killer in custody.  Lori’s family has never forgotten her and neither did law enforcement.”