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Man arrested in connection with murder of Mt. Vernon business owner

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 5:26 AM EDT
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MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man has been arrested in a Rockcastle County murder case.

Kentucky State Police arrested 26-year-old Arturo Perez Tuesday night. He is accused of killing 54-year-old Famey Hellard.

Hellard owned ‘The Glitter Box’ in Mount Vernon. She was found murdered in her store in September.

According to Perez’s arrest citation, he admitted to using a fake gun to rob Hellard before stabbing her to death.

“Mrs. Hellard was a pillar of the community," Trooper Scottie Pennington said at a Wednesday morning news conference "She owned a local business, you know she probably would have given this guy anything she had, the shirt off her back, or gave him a few dollars to get something to eat and you know it’s just a shame that this happened in our small community.”

Perez is charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

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