Wrongful Death Madison Co. Family Still Waiting For Answers in June Murders

A Madison County family is searching for answers months after a family member and her boyfriend were murdered in their home in June.

Karen Simpson and her boyfriend, Avery Evans, were found dead at their home on Valley Avenue in Richmond. Police say that the two were murdered, but there are currently no suspects.

“Well, our family is very frustrated I mean, we’re scared. We don’t know who did it, why they did it, how they did it. So, we don’t even know if the community is in danger or not,” says Karen’s sister Kelly Sproles.

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“It’s going to take 6-9 months for the DNA testing to come back and that’s held up the police because they need that DNA to see if they can’t find out who killed her,” says Sproles.

DNA evidence is now in the hands of the state’s Central Lab. It could take 9 months before evidence is returned to detectives. Due to recent shortage, the lab is backlogged on cases.

“It’s a little bit longer than other agencies, but it’s not the worst we’ve had before, but again we lost so many people at the same time,” says Laura Sudkamp, the manager of the lab.

Sudkamp says her department is working as fast as possible. Kelly is hoping results lead to an arrest.

“I think it will be a closure, it will make us feel safer because we got someone off the street that needs to be off the street,” she says.

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Wrongful Death Two Suspects in 2008 Jessamine Co. Murder Face a Judge

Two men charged in the murder of a Jessamine County businessman, faced a judge Friday, more than six years after his death.

David Peel and Otis Henson are charged with the death of Mark Dunn. They are also charged with arson and evidence tampering.

Both men were arrested Wednesday in connection with Dunn’s murder in May 2008. Dunn was found shot dead in his burning truck in a remote part of Jessamine County.

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Dunn’s sister has always believed that the suspects would be brought to justice.

“I’ve always had faith. That’s all that’s kept me going, you know,” says Anna Long.

Along with some of Dunn’s family, Henson’s fiancée was at today’s arraignment. She didn’t want to talk on camera but she tells LEX 18 that he is a good man and she wants Henson out of jail as soon as possible.

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Wrongful Death Teen and Mother Killed, Suspect Arrested in Ohio

 

A teenage boy and his mother are dead following a tragic domestic situation Friday that started at their Kentucky home and ended with a traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Middletown.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed Kim Thomas, 34, of Mayfield, Ky., was found deceased in the back of her ex-boyfriend Terry Froman’s white SUV near mile marker 31 on northbound I-75. She was found naked and bloody, and likely was shot multiple times, Deputy Coroner Doyle Burke said. It is unclear when she died, but an autopsy will be performed Saturday to determine that, he said.

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Police also found Froman, 41, of Illinois, inside the vehicle suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown for treatment, and later into police custody.

Kentucky authorities say Froman abducted Thomas from her Mayfield home, and when her 17-year-old son tried to intervene, Froman shot him twice, killing him. Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said friends of Thomas went to her home around 10 a.m. to check on her after she did not report to work. They found her 17-year-old son Michael “Eli” Mohney lying on the living room floor with two gunshot wounds, and they immediately called police.

There were signs of a struggle, Redmon said.

“What we believe, apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life,” the sheriff told our news partner WCPO 9 On Your Side.

Murder and kidnapping charges have been filed against Froman, according to Redmon. More charges may be pending in Ohio.

Prior to that call, the Kentucky State Police and the Paducah Police Department were investigating the possible abduction of a white female at a convenience store on the south side of Paducah, Ky., Redmon said. Paducah police viewed a video of a naked female, believed to be Thomas, getting out of a white 2004 GMC Yukon, that fit the description of Froman’s SUV, and being forced to get back inside the vehicle.

Meanwhile, another call had been placed to the Kentucky State Police dispatch that Froman had been to his mother’s house in Paducah covered in blood. He was “very uncooperative in telling his mother what he had been involved in,” Redmon said in a news release.

Kentucky authorities put out a nationwide broadcast to be on the lookout for a white SUV driven by Froman, who was believed to have abducted Thomas. Kentucky and Ohio law enforcement tracked Froman’s location through his cell phone. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle at 12:59 p.m. and a traffic stop was initiated at 1:13 p.m., according to the highway patrol. When the trooper tried to pull over the SUV, Froman drove for about two miles before pulling over at about 1:17 p.m.

Within a minute of Froman stopping, troopers heard at least one gunshot.

“When troopers exited their vehicle, they heard shots fired coming from within the vehicle,” said Lt. Craig Cvetan, of the highway patrol. “Troopers took up position and waited for additional personnel to arrive before approaching the vehicle.”

They found Froman injured from a single gunshot and Thomas deceased inside of the vehicle. Froman was taken to the hospital at 1:40 p.m. with non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Troopers never fired their weapons, Cvetan said.

The shooting investigation shut down northbound I-75 between Ohio 63 and Ohio 122 until 5:30 p.m. Friday, snarling traffic. Some drivers were stuck in traffic so long, they ran out of gas.

Sandi Julifs, of Whithamsville, was stuck in traffic for more than two hours on her way to Fort Wayne, Ind. She was shocked to learn that a shooting was the reason for her delay.

“That’s horrible,” she said. “Really sad. Sad that anybody would shoot somebody.”

Mohney attended Mayfield High School. Students formed prayer circles after learning of the shooting, and grief counselors and youth ministers were brought to the school, school district spokeswoman Kim Hamby told WCPO.

“Eli and Kim are with all the other people who have gone on before. They were Christians, they had accepted Christ,” said Mohney’s great uncle Dennis Thomas. “Sometimes I look at things, when God reaches down … and sort of plucks him a rose. And we’ll get through it that way.”

The investigation is continuing by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Graves County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police

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Missing Person Brian Winberry of Laurel County

The Laurel County Sheriff’s department is conducting an investigation attempting to locate a man that has been reported missing.

The missing man is identified as Brian Winberry, 27, of London.

He was last seen wearing camouflage pants. a camouflage shirt, and a black cap. He was last spotted near Pine Top Road, approximately half a mile from Russel Dyche Memorial Hwy.

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The subject was reportedly dropped off in that location to go ginseng hunting and has not been seen in 24 hours.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of this subject is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000.

This subject has been entered into the NCIC nationwide system as a missing person. Investigation is continuing.

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Wrongful Death Third Arrest in Toddler’s Shooting Death

A third arrest has been made in connection to the shooting death of a toddler who was killed while on the porch of a home in Louisville last month.

19-year-old William McLemore was arrested Wednesday night and charged with 11 counts of complicity to murder.

Michael Dunn, 24, and Trey Anderson, 20, were arrested last week and charged with murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

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All three are charged in connection to the shooting death of 1-year-old Ne’riah Miller who was gunned down last month while she was being held by her mother on their front porch on Aug. 27. Her mother was injured in the shooting, but survived.

Not many details have been released about the case or the men’s roles or motive.

The family of 16-month-old Ne’riah Miller said they were receiving death threats due to increased police presence in the neighborhood since the shooting.

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Wrongful Death Man Found Guilty In Fatal 2013 Attack

A jury has found a man guilty in the 2013 death of a Whitley County man.

Samuel Plotnick will serve eight years on a second degree manslaughter charge in the death of Jimmy Peace.

Police say Plotnick attacked the 55-year-old in Dec. 2012. Peace was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital where he died of head and internal injuries.

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Plotnick was originally charged with assault, but that charge was upgraded to murder once Peace died.

Plotnick is set to be formally sentenced on Oct. 6.

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Wrongful Death Men Accused in 2008 Murder Plead Not Guilty

Two men accused in a 2008 murder pleaded not guilty in a Jessamine County courtroom Friday morning.

A judge said the case of 34-year-old David Peel and 46-year-old Odis Henson will stay together.

Both men are accused in the death of 45-year-old Mark Dunn who was found dead inside his burning pickup truck along Hunters Ferry Road in a remote part of Jessamine County in May of 2008. Officials said Dunn was shot before his truck caught fire.

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Peel is charged with murder, arson, robbery, and evidence tampering. Henson is charged with arson second degree and tampering with physical evidence.

They were arrested on Wednesday, more than 6 years after the death.

Dunn’s sister, Anna Long, says Peel was an acquaintance of Dunn’s and would visit his store frequently. She describes the indictments as a step toward justice.

A pre-trial conference for both accused is set for Nov. 14.

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Insurance Fraud North Platte, NE Man Charged After Car Pulled From Canal

A North Platte man has been charged with insurance fraud after the discovery of his car in a Lincoln County canal.

The North Platte Telegraph says (http://bit.ly/1oiZVRJ ) 31-year-old Josh Salisbury was arrested. Online court records say he’s already bonded out of jail. A public phone listing for Salisbury couldn’t be found. Online court records don’t list the name of his attorney in the case.

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Police say Salisbury reported June 28 that the car was parked in front of his home when it was stolen. The car was pulled from the canal on Aug. 11. Police spokesman Rodney Brown says investigators have learned that Salisbury drove the car into the canal and later collected $27,500 in insurance.

Salisbury’s next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18.

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Private Detective: Elderly Woman in Lexington Attacked at Home By Stranger

An elderly Lexington woman was attacked in her home when she refused to give money to a woman at her door.

It happened on Floral Park. Thomas Coffey, a friend of the the victim, was on the phone with her when it happened. Police say an elderly woman opened her door to a stranger who pushed her way inside the home.

Coffey says the woman who lives at the home is his late friend’s mother.

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“While I was on the phone with her on the way over here I heard her saying, ‘you’re not gonna take my money,’ and the girl was hollering back, ‘give me that money, give me that money,’” says Coffey

Once inside, police say the suspect tried to get her hands on some money-but the victim wouldn’t allow it.

“She hung on for dear life to that money and I love for and I love her for her strength,” says Coffey.

Getting nowhere with the cash, police say the thief left. Once crews arrived, the victim was taken to the hospital for hand injury, which police say resulted from the struggle.

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Private Detective: Woman Assaulted After Giving 3 Teens A Ride

Three teenagers are accused of attacking a woman after asking her for a ride.

On Monday night, a woman in her 50s stopped at an Elizabethtown Dollar General to run a quick errand. As she was leaving, detectives say she was approached by three teens asking her where she was headed and if she would mind giving them a ride to their friend’s house.

She agreed.

It was not long before the woman realized she had made a terrible mistake. Investigators say the woman’s passengers started to get violent, hitting her in the head.

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Luckily, she was able to stay alert and turn down a street where she knew her relative lived. Her head was bleeding severely.

“It was bleeding real bad and she was just crying and screaming, hollering ‘Why? Why? Why?’” says her relative Bennie Ray Logsdon.

Once deputies arrived, it didn’t take long to find the suspects.

“They were all located separately between state police and deputies and they were brought back in interviewed,” says Detective Sergeant Rex Allaman.

Officials say they did admit to being in the white Grand Am. 18-year-old Cody Norman, 18-year-old Robert Beard, and a 17-year-old boy were all arrested.

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