An Illinois man has been arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with murder and burglary, second degree, after involving law enforcement in Trigg County on a pursuit through that community last Thursday.

Harold F. Jett, 48, of Taylorsville, Illinois, was initially detained by deputies with the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office after the pursuit ended at a residence on Hilltop Street in Cadiz.

A press release from the state police notes that Jett entered the residence and was taken into police custody when he left the home. Deputies subsequently located Mary V. Dullenty, 71, of Cadiz, who was injured inside the residence and succumbed to her injuries after being taken to the Trigg County Hospital.

Kentucky State Police Post 1 was notified of the assault just after noon on Thursday by Trigg County Dispatch, and KSP troopers and detectives responded to assist with the investigation.

Officials said a preliminary investigation revealed that the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office received a call about Jett firing a shot at a vehicle on South Road in Cadiz. Deputies with the sheriff’s office as well as officers with the Cadiz Police Department attempted to make contact with Jett, who fled in a motor vehicle.

That pursuit ended at the Dullenty home on Hilltop Street, the press release noted.

As a result of the investigation, Kentucky State Police arrested and charged Jett with murder and burglary, second degree. The local sheriff’s office also has charged Jett with additional offenses related to the pursuit.

Jett is lodged at the Christian County Jail.

An autopsy has been requested for Dullenty.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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