Cold Case Florida Murder Suspect Arrested in Kentucky

The biggest break yet in a 14 year old cold case murder, landed a Kentucky man behind bars on Tuesday.

Keith Wilson was arrested Tuesday morning in Owingsville, suspected of killing a three year old Florida girl more than a decade ago.

Wilson will soon be headed back to Florida in custody, but insists he is innocent. However, a different guilty plea out of florida Tuesday, sparked this long awaited arrest.

“People are put in jail all the time for something they didn’t do… I ain’t done nothing,” said Keith Wilson as he walked to the Kentucky State Police car after his Bath County hearing.

On Tuesday, detectives in Florida got the evidence they needed to charge Wilson with killing Pilar Rodriguez.

“I just don’t believe in anything like that, he should be gone for good,” said Robert Baxley who lives next door to Wilson.

Charity Blankenship lives across the street from Wilson, on Tuesday she was shocked to hear of the arrest. “If he had done this to this little girl, yeah he deserves to be punished,” said Blankenship.

She and other neighbors had heard rumors in the past that Wilson was involved with this murder.

On Tuesday Wilson’s former girlfriend, Melissa Harding Jones, plead guilty in Florida to her role in covering up the death.

“Kind of shocking that it actually happened, and all this time he has been living right here in this little town of Owingsville,” said Blankenship.

Detectives said Wilson moved back to Kentucky after Pilar disappeared, days before her fourth birthday. The trio took a trip to Punta Gorda in 1999, where Harding Jones said Wilson beat the child to death and buried her in a trash bag on his family’s Florida property.

Pilar’s body has never been found, but detectives are convinced she was murdered. “I don’t know what they done with her (Pilar), I would like to find her. That way if they ever find her they would know I had nothing to do with it,” said Wilson.

Wilson waived his right to an extradition hearing on Tuesday, and is being held in the Montgomery County Regional Jail until he is sent back to Florida. He will likely be moved to Florida sometime next week, and will continue on in their court systems.

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