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Grand jury indicts Zaayer in shooting death case

By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A woman has been indicted by the Montgomery County Grand Jury for the alleged murder of a neighbor, the attempted murder of the neighbor’s wife and a passerby.

The grand jury returned an indictment last Friday for Frances A. Zaayer on charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the May 26 shootings of David A. Scott, his wife, Shawna Scott, and a passerby, who was a relative of the Scotts. An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime, but does not establish guilt.

David Scott, who worked part-time as a deputy at the Montgomery County Regional Jail, died of his injuries. Shawna Scott, who was shot below the right eye, was hospitalized for a few days before being released. The passerby was not injured.

The grand jury issued a subpoena for the Scott’s medical records.
Testifying before the grand jury was Montgomery County Sheriff’s Det./Sgt. Ralph Charles.

Zaayer, 51, is scheduled to be arraigned 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) before Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Lane.
Zaayer is currently being held at the Powell County Detention Center on a $1 full million cash bond.

She and the Scotts had reportedly been engaged in a long simmering dispute that had resulted in numerous calls to law enforcement. They were neighbors on Washington Avenue just outside the Mt. Sterling city limits.

The reported feud involved at least one alleged physical altercation in April 2017 that resulted in assault charges against Shawna Scott. That case is pending.

David Scott had been a deputy jailer at the Montgomery County Regional Jail for the past seven and a half years. He worked full-time at Summit Polymers.

David Scott was also a long-time youth softball coach.
He was remembered by the community during a funeral service June 4 that included a lengthy procession to Machpelah Cemetery attended by first responders and jail employees from all over the state.

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