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Lexington police chief gives details on open homicide cases

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 5:11 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -Breaking records this year, the city of Lexington had 32 homicides. Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers tells us they do have updates in four of the most recent unsolved homicides, but says it’s been harder than usual to get witnesses to talk to police. Our Grason Passmore sat down with Chief Weathers one-on-one.

Chief Weathers says it’s too soon to say what caused the spike in homicides this year. He told us a majority of the homicides started from personal disputes. Due to the pandemic, most of those now starting on social media.

“The old adage, don’t be a snitch, or snitches get stiches. But what we try to tell people is if you remain silent, that violent activity is going to increase,” Chief Weathers said.

Chief Weathers says witnesses are especially reluctant to talk if they think they have to give their name. But anonymous tips are also encouraged. Chief Weathers says anything can help.

“Some of these things are just like putting together a complicated puzzle. So even the smallest piece can give us a better picture of what went on,” Chief Weathers said.

He tells us they can’t release much in terms of the four cases they’re still working now. But the first update he could give is they have identified a person of interest in the October homicide of Ava Creech.

62-year-old Creech was found dead inside her apartment on Victoria Way. Chief Weathers says he can’t release any information other than the fact they have identified a person of interest and the investigation is still ongoing.

He also said two November homicides that happened on the same day, one on Wrenn Court and the other at Winchester and Midland, don’t seem to be related at this time. Even though both victims were at the same downtown night club earlier that evening.

Another update was provided on the Payne Street homicide. Chief Weathers says 20-year-old Madilyn Grisham, who was shot and killed outside of a private event in November, does not appear to be the intended target of the shooting.

“We still have people coming forward. They just don’t want to be as visible coming forward and talking to police. Again, I don’t know if that’s related to the politics or it’s just the way the current societal trends are today,” Chief Weathers said.

Chief Weathers did not have an update in 82-year-old Alice Carter’s death. She was shot and killed after being caught in crossfire in October.

He is asking for anyone with information to come forward. It can be done anonymously.

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