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Two charged in murder, kidnapping of couple go before judge

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Two men accused in the double murder of a couple, who had been missing for months, answered to charges Wednesday morning in court.

Richmond Police charged Daniel Keene and Matthew Denholm for the kidnapping and murders of Sonsoray Warford and Charles Walker.

Denholm was already in jail on a murder charge out of Berea.

Investigators say Keene and Denholm were hired by Ja'kolbe Chenault to carry out the murders.

In affidavits obtained by WKYT, Chenault is described as the leader of a cocaine trafficking organization, who believed Walker stole $180,000 from him.

Warford was living with Walker.

Witnesses tell investigators that Warford was never a target but was kidnapped along with Walker because she was with him at the time.

"It's horrible to know what they say and why they done it just because my daughter was there," said Sonsoray's Father, Gregory Todd. "It's not fair and I will be here until the end."

Members of Daniel Keene's family were also present in court today. His Aunt, Fayetta Slone, told WKYT her nephew, 26, and a Junior at EKU had his life together following deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This Daniel, that there talking about, who supposedly done all of this stuff, is not the Daniel Roger Keene, that I've known for 26-years."

Investigators believe they have recovered the couple's remains in a field off Tates Creek Road in Richmond. They're awaiting autopsy reports to confirm.

Both Keene and Denholm entered not guilty pleas in court on Wednesday. They're being held on $2,000,000 bonds each.

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