Police offer new details about murder near Pendleton Road

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police have released new details about two people charged with murder in the death of Meagan Hassler.

Lt. Todd Kessinger, commander of the LMPD homicide unit, began a press conference late Wednesday morning by stating that since the coroner has not identified the body of the woman found in northern Bullitt County, they could not claim it to be that of Hassler's.

Kessinger explained detectives had to speed their normal investigative process up because of a sequence of events. He also said LMPD would be the lead agency in the case because of other events that led to the murder, which occurred in Jefferson County.

Kessinger said they do believe there was a relationship between who they assume to be Hassler, Todd Byrd and Monica Mudd, the two people now charged with murder and kidnapping. He would not specify what kind of relationship that was nor comment about who actually shot the victim.

Kessinger did not believe Mudd, 22, ever said she felt threatened by Byrd. He said detectives are still investigating and are trying to talk to more witnesses.

Byrd had just been released from prison 10 weeks ago after serving eight years and seven months for a 2006 robbery conviction.

Kessinger said he was saddened that was the case, but wasn't surprised. He also said many of the homicides in the city and the country are related to heroin and other drugs.

The Bullitt County Coroner's office told WAVE 3 News they expect to have an identification later in the day.

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