He pointed to a large bloodstain near the front door where Kohler died.
"It took Richard a while to get up out of bed to answer the door," Hicks said. "I believe they shot him dead before he could even open it."
The door appears to have been pried open after the shooting, he said.
Kohler had fallen ill within the past few years and needed help getting in and out of bed and chairs, the Hickses said. He used to be severely obese, they said, but dropped weight drastically after a stomach-bypass operation.
Tammi Hicks said her father was shot so many times by State Police troopers that he was unrecognizable. The body was cremated, she said.
Clay County sheriff's deputies went to Kohler's trailer several weeks before he was shot to investigate a stolen sink, Tammi Hicks said. Kohler turned over the sink and identified who gave it to him, she said.
"They knew he was cooperative," Tammi Hicks said. "Someone had broken into his trailer three times before that, and he allowed police into his home every time. You're not going to invite someone in your home if you have something to hide."
Kohler's daughter and son-in-law have retained Charleston lawyer Michael Clifford, but no lawsuit has yet been filed over Kohler's death.
Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Samples said Kohler's shooting remains under investigation, and no ruling has been made as to whether it was justified or not.
Baylous said it's only natural for victims' families to question officer-involved shootings, which he calls "critical incidents."
"What happened happened, and the facts are the facts," Baylous said. "It's unfortunate for the families and also unfortunate for our troopers, who had to go through the experience of taking someone's life away who posed a threat."
Tammi Hicks said her father trusted the law and taught her to be courteous to police officers. He wasn't the type to fight with anyone, she said, and she won't get over her father's death until she clears his name.
"My dad was the type that believed in the system," she said. "Now look at what the law did to him."
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