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Judge denies request to release remains of murdered couple

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

It's been three weeks since bodies of a Sonsoray Warford and Charles Walker were found in a Madison County field. The Richmond couple went missing two-years ago.

Police charged Daniel Keene and Matthew Denholm with kidnapping and murder in connection to the case.

Today the family's of Warford and Walker were in a Madison County courtroom where a judge denied a request to release the their loved ones remains.

The judge agreed to give the defense more time to conduct an examination of the victims bodies before they are released to their respective families for burial.

The Commonwealth argued the defense has had several weeks to do that, but haven't. Defense Attorney Bridget Saunders argued their expert lives out of state.

"Our expert is the Chief medical examiner of the state of Delaware, he cannot get here right now," Saunders told the judge. "The only other option would be for us to ship those bodies to Delaware, which is extremely expensive."

That was of little consolation to Sonsoray Warford's father, Gregory Todd.

"We are actually upset with the situation, the defense team was saying a lot of stuff that was really hurtful to us," Todd said. "Saying that they felt for us and all of that stuff, but we don't believe that."

Todd says he's waited long enough to give his daughter a proper burial.

"They're there, and we can get to them, it's just, it's just horrible."

Both Denholm, and Keene remain in custody.


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