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Two men now charged with killing missing couple

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A man is sitting in jail, charged with several crimes including murder and kidnapping.

Richmond Police arrested 26-year old Daniel Keene late Monday night on two counts of murder and kidnapping.

Court documents show police say Keene confessed to kidnapping Charles Walker and Sonsoray Warford back in June of 2010. Keene told police, after kidnapping the couple, he and an associate murdered the two within Madison County. Court documents show Keene told police the items used in the kidnapping and murder were disposed of somewhere in Madison County.

The documents identify Keene's associate as 'Matthew Denholm' whose already in jail for the shooting death of a Berea College student last fall.

Keene told police he and Denholm were hired to kill Walker for stealing a large sum of money from a man named Ja'Kolbe Chenault.
It also states, not only did Keene and Denholm carry out the hit, they also recorded the murder on audio tapes.

Including one recording where Sonsoray is heard 'Screaming and praying for God to save her' Denholm responded, "God did not exist."

Late Tuesday afternoon, police charged Denholm with murder and kidnapping in this case as well.

On Monday, Richmond Police and State Police spent hours at a the home of Denholm's grandmother's in Berea, and were digging in a back yard fire pit.

Documents stated while Keene dug a grave, Denholm tortured, then murdered the couple along Tates Creek Rd in Richmond. It states Denholm shot Sonsoray in the back of the head, then stabbed Walker multiple times before slitting his throat.

While police are still waiting for positive identification pending autopsies. Sonsoray's father, Greg Todd says, he's been told the remains found in Richmond are that of his daughter and her boyfriend.

"Being it almost two years and just getting it. This at least gives us some closure to go with all the pain were going through, what we've been looking for, for a longtime," said Todd.

Richmond Police say more arrests are likely.


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