Police crack cold murder case thanks to witnesses; two suspects in custody

David Cantrell's body was found in the 1600 block of Cypress Avenue
David Cantrell's body was found in the 1600 block of Cypress Avenue

Louisville, KY - By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have made a breakthrough in a murder case dating back almost two years. David Cantrell was found shot to death on Oaks Day 2009.

Detectives say they have been working on this case on a continuing basis since the day Cantrell was gunned down, and that persistence has finally paid off. Late on Feb. 16, homicide detectives arrested the two men wanted for Cantrell's murder.

Police say 22-year-old Tyrone Poe Jr. and 27-year-old Dayshawn Talbert killed Cantrell, 44, in the 1500 block of Cypress Avenue. That's where police found his body on May 1, 2009.

According to homicide detectives, Poe and Talbert were arguing with Cantrell over drugs when Poe drew a gun and shot Cantrell. Poe and Talbert them took off with the weapon.

We're told police got a break in the case after talking with eyewitness who have been too fearful to come forward.

"I think the key factor here is that detectives were very aggressive and persistent in locating the witnesses and getting them to come forward to talk," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the LMPD Homicide Squad. "It took several times and we had previously interviewed them, and again it was just the persistence of getting them to do the right thing and give us the information we knew they had."

According to Wilkerson, there are several witnesses involved and that their conscience may have finally overcome their fear. Wilkerson says these witnesses should be able to rest easy now that Poe and Talbert have been arrested.

"It just goes to show you, the partnership of the community, people do have the information to solve crimes."

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