Case against three charged in murders of Winchester girls waived to grand jury

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Three suspects charged in the deaths of two 16-year-old Winchester girls appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Winchester Police Sergeant Tom Beall testified about their case against Mikaela Buford, 18, Ronnie Ellis, 18, Denzel Hill, 24, and Darian Skinner, 22. Police charged all four with complicity to murder for the deaths of 16-year-old Kayla Holland and Adrianna Castro.

Sgt. Beall told the court that two witnesses identified Ellis, Hill, and Skinner and said that all three fired guns. Beall also testified that Matthew Carmen fired back at the trio. Castro and Holland died after getting caught in the crossfire, Beall said.

Lexington Police captured Carmen and Julia Richardson last Friday night at the Mapleleaf Shopping Center. Carmen too faces a charge of complicity to murder. Police charged Richardson with evidence tampering.

The judge waived the case against Buford, Hill, and Skinner to a grand jury. The preliminary hearing for Ellis was postponed until November 29.

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