Grand jury to hear case against two charged in murders of Winchester teens

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Two people charged in the deaths of two young Winchester girls appeared in Clark District Court on Wednesday morning.

Winchester Police are trying to find Matthew Carmen, age 23, and Julia Richardson, age 25.

Winchester Police charged Matthew Carmen with complicity to murder and Julia Richardson with evidence tampering. Police say on November 7, Carmen was involved in a shootout on E. Washington Street with Ronnie Ellis, Denzel Hill, and Darian Skinner. The exchange of gunfire left 16-year-olds Kayla Holan and Adriana Castro, who were caught in the middle of the crossfire, dead.

The detective testified on Wednesday morning that Carmen admitted he "engaged in a gunfight," and that he fired his gun in self-defense.

"If anything, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Skinner, and Mr. Hill seemed to be the people that came looking for a fight," said Sarah Fightmaster who is Carmen's attorney.

According to the detective, Richardson took a backpack out the home where the shooting occurred and dropped it in a backyard. That backpack, the detective said, contained bullets, some clothes, and cell phones.

"Her actually calling the co-defendant saying 'am I good?' in my mind there is no other reason for her to make that phone call and ask that question other than to ensure that she had done what she has been asked to do or done a good job in actually concealing and removing the evidence from that scene," said Judge Earl-Ray Neal.

Judge Neal waived the cases against Carmen and Richardson to a grand jury.

In addition to Ellis, Hill, and Skinner, police charged Michaela Buford with complicity to murder.

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