Two more arrested in connection with double homicide

Published 5:41 pm Friday, November 10, 2017

Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said two more suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of two Clark County teenagers Nov. 7.

Hall said Matthew Carmen, 23, and Julia Richardson, 25, both of Winchester, were arrested around 5 p.m. Friday in Lexington.

Carmen will be charged with murder and Richardson will be charged with tampering with physical evidence Hall said.

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He said he cannot provide specifics of how they were involved in the shooting that took place about 9 p.m. at the Washington Street Apartments and resulted in the death of 16-year-old George Rogers Clark High School students Kayla Holland and Adrianna Castro. Holland was pronounced dead at the scene and Castro died in the emergency room at Clark Regional Medical Center.

Hall said Carmen and Richardson were visiting friends at the apartment complex. He believes Holland and Castro were acquaintances with Carmen and Richardson.

Four other suspects, 18-year-old Mikaela Buford, 18-year-old Ronnie Ellis, 22-year-old Darian Skinner and 24-year-old Denzel Hill, all of Winchester, were arrested Wednesday. Each are charged with two counts of complicity to commit murder and are housed at the Clark County Detention Center on $1 million bonds each.

Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer said previously detectives believe the “gunfight” stemmed from an earlier incident.

“What we’re getting, and we’re getting mixed signals, is it was an altercation that started earlier in the evening and culminated there at 27 E. Washington St.,” Palmer said. “It was an altercation where there were guns on both sides, according to witnesses.”

Palmer said some of the people on both sides knew each other, and said the two victims were involved.

Hall said Carmen and Richardson will be transferred to Clark County and housed at the Clark County Detention Center.

Hall said police are not actively seeking any other suspects at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.


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