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Private burial held for Umi Southworth, as neighbor's react to police's "mistake"

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Umi Southworth was laid to rest Friday at a private grave site ceremony at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, according to those who work at the funeral home.

In the Meadowthorpe neighborhood, where on June 9th 42 year old Umi Southworth was found beaten and assumed to be dead by police, some neighbors are growing frustrated and worried.

One of those people is Paula Whitaker who says although she didn't know Southworth while she was alive, she now checks the Internet several times a day looking for updates on the death investigation, hoping an arrest is made soon.

Whitaker is aware Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin has admitted his officers made a mistake when no one checked for vital signs until hours after discovering Southworth, beaten in the bushes behind her apartment.

Bastin tells us after speaking with officers and viewing pictures from the murder scene he can understand why mistakes were made, and has since changed policy to include the first duty of every officer is to preserve life.

Whitaker says, "They're police, it's their job to walk into any scene and still keep it together and follow procedure."

She adds, "Now we are hearing about policy changes I really care about what is happening to her."

Whitaker, who lives across from Southworth's apartment says her confidence in the police is shaky at best as a result of what happened on June 9th and the lack of any arrests for Southworth's murder.


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