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Woman interviewed about one murder learns uncle was another homicide victim

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Ashley Vincent Ashley Vincent
Orville Avis (Source: Family photo) Orville Avis (Source: Family photo)
James Seay (Source: LMDC) James Seay (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There's a bizarre twist in Thursday's two murders in Louisville. As a neighbor was talking to WAVE 3 about what happened on her street, police say her own uncle became the victim of another murder miles away inside the Dosker Manor apartments for seniors.

"All I heard was boom, and I ran out the door," remembered Ashley Vincent.

That's what Vincent has to say to us on Thursday. She was shocked by a police crash that happened as officers tried to get to a shooting near her home on Duncan Street in Portland. What Vincent didn't know is the person who wasn't OK was her uncle 61-year-old Orville Avis.

"He was a really nice, wonderful man," Vincent said, "He would do anything for anybody."

Hours before speaking to us, Vincent made several attempts to call her uncle. The Dosker Manor senior had just gotten out of the hospital Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. After all the chaos on their street due to the shooting and police crash, the family went to Avis's apartment and found him beaten and stabbed. 

"My other uncle goes up there and checks on him and sees him laying in a puddle of blood face down on his floor," said Vincent.

Lt. Barry Wilkerson with LMPD Homicide said Friday of Avis's murder, "Homicide did make an arrest in that case, of a James Seay."

Seay is a homeless man Avis befriended. Avis's family was stunned not only because they tell us they bought groceries for Seay and brought him into their home, but after his arrest, they found out Seay had been convicted of murder twice before.

LMPD tells WAVE 3 Seay murdered Donald Gritton in 1981 and Jimmy Brown in 1996. He got out of prison in December 2011. Vincent questioned Seay's release.

"He's convicted twice for killing two people and you just let him out in 2011?" asked Vincent.

Now Seay is charged in her uncle's murder. Vincent had this to say to him.

"It's sad and horrible what you done to him," she cried, "my family's so upset how could you put us through this misery?"

Through a witness, Metro police tracked Seay down on Bardstown Road, not far from Goldsmith Lane. Police say he had blood on his clothes.

Seay is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a charge of murder. His bond has been set at $100,000.

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