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Warner laid to rest

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By Nick Schrager

Crystal Warner, the woman who was slain along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in Washington County last year, was finally laid to rest over the weekend.

The Florence woman was buried at Willisburg Saturday afternoon, and for her mother, Mary Reeve, putting her daughter to rest is a good step in the healing process.

“(I’m) definitely ready to put her to rest and try to pick up our life again and maybe go back to a little normalcy,” Reeve said.

Warner’s funeral, which saw a large turnout Saturday, was held at The River of Life Church in Springfield.

Reeve said the family used to go to Springfield Baptist Church before moving from Washington County, but chose The River of Life because it’s a larger venue.

“We thought this would be a bigger church and it would be more open and would be more room,” Reeve said, “because we figured there would be quite a few people because she had many, many friends.”
Friends and family from Russell Springs and Florence came for the funeral, including the owner of the gym where Crystal used to workout.

“The owner of the gym was just so amazed with Crystal and said she motivated everybody and was just a wonderful person,” Reeve said.

Warner’s remains were brought to Evergreen Cemetery in Willisburg after the funeral service. Reeve said Warner is now buried next to her father, Barney Alan Warner, and other family members in the cemetery.  

The man accused of killing Warner and Jones, Craig A. Pennington, 52, is expected to be in court today for a pretrial conference at the Washington County Judicial Center.  He’s facing a total of 11 charges, and the commonwealth has filed a motion to seek the death penalty, the first case of its kind in Washington County since the 1980s.

Warner and Jones disappeared on July 3 last year when they allegedly went to talk with Pennington about rent money.

Pennington had been renting a cabin from them on Texas Road. The couple’s vehicle was found five days later in Scott County. Jones’ remains were recovered a month later in Clark County, but Warner’s would not be found until November in Bath County.

Pennington is currently being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $2 million cash bond.