Man arrested in California on Cumberland County murder charge

State police have announced an arrest following a murder back in September in neighboring Cumberland County.

On September 26th, Kentucky State Police received a call from Cumberland County 911 and responded to the scene and learned 53-year-old Michael Harding, of Celina, Tennessee, had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds.

The ensuing investigation led KSP to partner with the FBI and other local and state law enforcement agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, and California, as the planning and execution of the crime included multiple local and state jurisdictions.

Information obtained through this effort led to the arrest of 60-year-old Thomas O’Donnell of Napa, California, in Sacramento, California on Thursday, December 8th. KSP, the FBI, and local authorities arrested O’Donnell at the Sacramento International airport, charging him with the murder of Michael Harding.

O’Donnell is lodged in the Sacramento County jail in California where he is awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.

KSP Detective BJ Burton, assisted by Detective Mike Dubree and Special Agents with the FBI Louisville/Bowling Green Resident Agency, are continuing the murder investigation.