Detective testifies two people witnessed Lexington mother's murder

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Testimony during a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court revealed new information about the murder of a mother in Lexington.

Homicide detective Travis Holt says two people confessed to seeing the violent attack on 37-year-old Meghan Acord. Police say 35-year-old Valenti Ware beat Acord to death. Someone found her body on October 1st near railroad tracks under the Loudon Avenue overpass near Eastland Drive.

"Both witnesses stated that Mr. Ware and Ms. Acord were briefly involved in a verbal altercation which then led to Mr. Ware striking Ms. Acord numerous times in the head and chest with a piece of a railroad tie, which ultimately killed her," Detective Holt told the court.

The witnesses told police they also watched Ware burn the clothes he was wearing at the time.

Holt said, "Investigators were able to discover a spot in the gravel area near the train tracks that appeared where some items had been burned."

Police arrested the two witnesses for unrelated offenses.

Holt says he has about 40 pieces of evidence in the case. That was enough for a judge to find probable cause to move forward. A grand jury will now decide if there's enough evidence to send the case against Ware to trial.

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