Berea shooting murder suspect allegedly makes "pit stop" before being caught in Louisville

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email
Matthew Denholm

Matthew Denholm

Police arrested 27-year-old Matthew Denholm for allegedly killing Zackary Flower and seriously injuring Kevin Price. Some said that he mad a pit stop on his way to Louisville.

Woody Brooks says he was glad he was in the store with his younger cashier when a man he believes was 27-year-old Matthew Denholm walked in.

“I feel something may have occurred, I know there is no way to be sure, but in my mind I had that feeling,” said Brooks.

Kentucky State Police said Denholm shot two men at an apartment near the Berea College campus Nov. 21.

“I stayed up behind the counter when he was talking because he was not acting right,” said Brooks.

Denholm was arrested in Louisville hours later, but surveillance video suggested he made a stop at Fill Ups in Jackson County. Brooks says when he saw Denholm's face on the news on television, it all came together.

“We had heard the news about that early that morning and come to find out that was surely the man that was here,” said Brooks.

Workers said that he entered through the door twice and refused to leave until the cashier accepted a gift from him, a watch. The manager said that there was something off about his behavior.

“He reached out and shook my hand and I shook his hand it was sort of shaky and a little clammy and he just acted different,” Brooks said of meeting the man he believed to be Denholm.
“I said there was something not right with this picture because of the way he was portraying himself,” Brooks said.

Brooks says the man refused to give his last name, but identified himself as "Matt." The manager said he was in the store around twenty minutes and would not stop talking to the young cashier. He said that when the man finally exited he told the cashier, who would not give him her name, that he was going to take her out.

“As he was leaving he said i will be gone for a while, but when I get back I am going to take you out if you are still here, and by the way I am a single dad,” said Brooks.

The manager said afterward he was unafraid.

“It doesn't really scare me, it kind of shocks me that someone has that much courage to not seem show any remorse, you know what i mean, to have been accused of something like that and to come in this facility like a daily routine, like nothing happened,” said Brooks.

State police are aware of the video from the convenience store. Denholm is charged with murder, assault and burglary in Madison County. He appeared in Jefferson County on three counts of wanton endangerment and one count each of fleeing or evading police and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to some of them in Louisville on Nov. 22.

Ryan Denholm, his 30-year-old brother and Sherry Bratten of Berea will face charges also. The two entered a not guilty plea to charges of first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension and complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

Matt Denholm is being held on a $25,000 bond on the Jefferson County charges and a $1 million bond on the Madison County charges. His brother and Bratten are each being held on a $100,000 bond.

All three individuals will face a preliminary hearing on Dec. 2.

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