Murder suspect in court Thursday

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By Tim McCarthy

The Lawrenceburg man charged in the stabbing death of a Franklin County man last week outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court is scheduled to be back in court Thursday morning.

Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is scheduled to appear in Anderson District Court at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Graeter is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death Jan. 16.

Graeter allegedly stabbed Snider at around 5:45 p.m. in the entry area of the food court parking lot, which is located at 1011 Crossroad Drive, just across the U.S. 127 Bypass from Anderson County High School.

Kentucky State Police Det. Mike Carnahan said that during a scuffle between the two, Graeter used a pocketknife to stab Snider in the abdomen.

Lawrenceburg police and Anderson County Sheriff's Department officials arrested Graeter a short time later at the corner of Forrest Drive and Ann Drive. He called authorities at about 6:30 p.m. to turn himself in, police said.

Graeter was arraigned Thursday morning and, as of Tuesday afternoon, remained behind bars. His bail has been set at $750,000 full cash bond.

Anderson County High School Principal Ray Woodyard said Graeter was once a student Anderson County High School, but moved out of the district about a year ago.

"I remember that he was a student here, but I don't recall anything about him other than that," Woodyard said.

Franklin County school personnel confirmed that Snider had attended Western Hills High School.

"He was a student at WHHS before I arrived," Principal Dennis Hancock said. "I don't believe that he graduated from here though."