Johnny T. Vaughn, who is accused of shooting his neighbor during a dispute over some stolen items in December, was set to go to trial Monday in Laurel Circuit Court.

Vaughn was indicted on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Kentucky State Police responded to a complaint that Vaughn and his neighbor, Georgiana Cowden had been arguing about some household items missing from Cowden’s home on Sally’s Branch Road.

“She didn’t live at the home, but told police her father had gone there and found the back door open and a number of items missing,” said Kentucky State Police Sgt. Tom Atkin, investigative sergeant at Post 11 in London.

When police were unable to contact Vaughn, Atkin said they took a theft report and left. As they returned to Post 11, Cowden called to say she had identified some of the missing property at Vaughn’s home.

As police returned to the scene, dispatchers informed them there was fight at the scene and someone had been shot.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Charles Loomis, who was called to investigate the shooting, said minutes after state police left the scene, Vaughn allegedly came out of his home with a .380-caliber gun and fired at the vehicle in which Cowden was a passenger.

“When they saw him, they tried to get out of Dodge,” Loomis said.

One of rounds when through the right rear door of the vehicle, striking Cowden in the ankle.

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