Lexington Police still investigating 7 unsolved murders from 2010

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's been a busy year for Lexington Police.

"Right now we are at 18 homicides this year," says Sgt. Ann Gutierrez with Lexington Police.

Sergeant Gutierrez says last year there were14 murders in Lexington. Police made arrests in 13 of those cases. This year they have 18 murders so far for the year and have made arrests in 11 of those cases.

That leaves seven cases where arrests haven't been made. In two of those cases, police do have warrants out for suspects, leaving five others that made headlines this year.

In June, Umi Southworth was found badly beaten outside her apartment on Meadowthorpe Avenue.

"Umi Southworth of course is a heartwrenching case and it's one that we still believe there's some information that's out there," says Sgt. Ann Gutierrez.

On June 4th, Lexington Police were also called to Elsmere Alley, where 33-year-old Steven Kavanaugh was found with gunshot wounds, later dying from his injuries.

On August 15th, 39-year-old Victor Lamont Martin was discovered in the 2000 block of Russell Cave Road. His body was badly burned.

On December 31st, 2008 police were called to the Appian Hill Apartments on Appian Way, where they found Brandon Hurst shot in the neck. He would die in 2009 from his injuries. This year, his death was ruled a homicide, which police continue to investigate.

They are also working to solve a weekend murder outside Camelot West in Lexington. 29-year-old Rocardo Cole was found shot and later died from his injuries.

Police say, in most of their cases, the tips have slowed down.

"It seems as time passes a little bit people stop calling. They think their information isn't as important now or that we already have that information," says Sgt. Ann Gutierrez.

Lexington Police are asking people to continue to call in with tips, to help solve the unsolved homicides they currently have.

You can give tips anonymously, which could lead to a cash reward if police make an arrest. Just give Crime Stoppers a call at 859-253-2020.

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