Lexington murder suspect also facing animal cruelty charge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - What caused a relationship to turn deadly? Lexington police are trying to answer that question as they investigate the city's first murder of the year.

Investigators say 40-year-old Todd Schumacher died Sunday night after being stabbed inside his home on Lamont Drive. Police have now charged the boyfriend with murder.

Months before the stabbing, court records show officers charged Matthew Donaghy with a care and treatment of animals charge, a violation that's similar to a cruelty to animals charge. The case is still open, but officers are now focusing on Donaghy's most recent charge, murder.

Neighbor Charles Ewing was walking outside to smoke a cigarette Sunday night when he noticed dozens of officers.

"It's always been quiet, peaceful, good neighbors, no trouble at all," explained Ewing, "there's never been any trouble on this street. Or in this neighborhood. Everybody used to know everybody and get along."

Court records show officers have talked to Donaghy before. Last October, they arrested him for a care and treatment of animals charge. They say, in a "fit of rage" Donaghy put "his roommate's canine in a hot oven causing multiple burns to the canine."

The arrest citation for the care and treatment of animals charge lists his roommate's dog as the victim. Friends say that's the same dog Schumacher reported missing a week ago.

Donaghy will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He's expected to be in court later this month on the care and treatment of animals charge.

Family have set up a site requesting monetary help with travel and funeral expenses. To donate, click on the link attached to this page.