Man suspected in eight murders heads to court

Ricky Lewis Kelly
Ricky Lewis Kelly

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Eight murders in nearly 15 years all tied, police believe, to one person:  39-year-old Ricky Lewis Kelly of Louisville.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Kelly for the murders on July 7. They believe he is responsible for a killing spree spanning 1996-2005, including the murders of:

  • Gale Duncan on April 11, 1996
  • Deron Cole on July 24, 1996
  • John Sanders on October 21, 1996
  • Charles Lewis on July 1, 1998
  • Blair Kidwell on July 3, 1998
  • Craig Jones on July 8, 2005
  • Laquantae Jackson on August 19, 2005
  • Warren King on July 13, 2006

Police and prosecutors didn't have to search or arrest Kelly; he has been in jail since 2006 on other charges, likely stemming from convictions in 1998 and 2002 centering around drug trafficking and possession and firearms violations.

In a proceeding that lasted about five minutes, Kelly made his initial court appearance July 8 in front of Judge Irv Maze inside the Jefferson County Judicial Center. Kelly requested a public defender, saying he can't afford to hire his own attorney. Maze approved that request. A lawyer representing Kelly entered a not guilty plea, which was accepted by the court. A new court date set for August 16.

Two people - a man and a woman - came to see him during the court proceedings. The woman could be seen saying "call me" to Lewis. Their relationship isn't known.

Lewis, who had been serving time at Green River Correctional Complex in Central City on unrelated charges, is now being held at Metro Corrections on a $1 million cash bond.

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