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Man accused in Montgomery County murder now charged in cousin's 1995 death

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A man accused of killing a central Kentucky mother is now charged in another murder.

Lonnie Martin is charged in the death of Kayla Klein, 25 and faced a judge Wednesday afternoon.

Now, police are also linking him to the death of his cousin, Joseph Martin, 21, who died in 1995. Police say Joseph Martin fell from a viaduct on Washington Street and was hit by a train. No one was charged in the death at that time.

Winchester police tell us they reopened the file from that death investigation 18 years ago. The death was once ruled accidental, but now police say Lonnie Martin is responsible, and he's already in jail for a separate murder.

A warrant for Lonnie Martin was served Wednesday for his cousin's murder. Martin is now accused of pushing his cousin in front of a train in Clark County in 1995, charging him with murder.

"We had a substantial amount of evidence that we put together from then and now which led us to charge Lonnie Martin last night with the murder of Joseph B. Martin," said Sgt. Tom Beall, with the Winchester Police Department.

Lonnie Martin is currently in the Montgomery County Regional Jail for Klein's murder. Lonnie Martin has pleaded not guilty in that case. And on Wednesday in a Montgomery County courtroom, officials discussed the case, saying Klein was stabbed four times with a small knife. There was also evidence that she was struck in the head with a mechanical object and then buried on a farm just 100 yards from a residence in Montgomery County. She had been missing since July 3. Investigators tell us Martin and Klein were acquaintances.

Winchester police say during an interview about Klein's disappearance, Martin made a brief comment about his cousin. Police made a mental note of that ,and now say he definitely had a motive to kill his cousin, but they're not sharing what that motive is.

Lonnie Martin's bond is now at 2.5 million dollars between the two murders. District Court Judge Don Blair refused to lower his bail Wednesday at Martin's preliminary hearing.

"The court believes he is a danger to the community and of course we have the new charges that have just come to light today. The court is going to leave the bond the same," said Judge Blair.

Martin is set to appear in court in Montgomery County next month on September 13.


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