Arrest made in Park DuValle triple homicide

Man arrested in Park DuValle triple homicide
William Mason is accused of shooting and killing three men who were found dead in the Park DuValle neighborhood on June 25. (Source: LMDC)
William Mason is accused of shooting and killing three men who were found dead in the Park DuValle neighborhood on June 25. (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified the three men found shot to death at a home in the Park DuValle neighborhood.

Deputy coroner R.D. Jones said Michael L. Bass, Sr., 44, was the resident of the home in the 1600 block of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive. The other victims have been identified as John Bailey, 37, and Larry Thomas, whose age was given as approximately 40, of Baltimore, MD.

The bodies of the men were found inside the home on June 25. Jones said each man died from gunshot wounds.

A suspect has been arrested in the case. William E. Mason, 31, of Louisville, is being held on three counts of murder. Mason also goes by the name "Dollar."

"Our LMPD fugitive unit was able to locate him at the Crowne Plaza Hotel," said Lt. Todd Kessinger. "They were able to arrest him without incident in the parking lot."

Mason will be arraigned Tuesday morning.

Mason has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2005 with drug convictions. He was granted parole in 2015 and was on probation until 2018. Since he was a convicted felon, Mason should have never had a gun.

The violence disturbing to many in the Park DuValle neighborhood.

"The people who live here are good, honest, decent, hardworking people," Anthony Middleton said.

Middleton has lived in the Park DuValle neighborhood for 8 years. He's also the pastor of Cable Baptist Church. He lives just a few doors down from the house that became a crime scene on Saturday. 

"What happened here could happen anywhere," said Middleton.

Neighbors said Bass was renting a room in the house.

Police said the homeowner is the one who discovered the victims. According to the county, the homeowner is Everett Todd. Police said he didn't call them right away when he found the bodies.

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Pastor Middleton said he knows Todd because he's a member of Middleton's church.

"I actually told the church yesterday (Sunday) that I don't know what happened, but I am convinced he (Todd) had nothing to do with it," he said.

Police aren't releasing an exact motive, but said it's not domestic violence or gang related.

The murders happened just around the corner from LMPD's 4th District Substation.

D'Shawn Johnson is a retired LMPD police officer and WAVE 3 News safety and security expert.   He knows the area well.

"A community used to be a project area and new homes were built," said Johnson. "It's a nice community."

A community that says what happened on Saturday won't shatter their faith and sense of security. 

"I think this too will pass," Middleton said.

WAVE 3 News also learned that Michael Bass Senior is a fugitive for a 2012 offense. He also a criminal history involving drugs. Bailey has also been behind bars in Maryland. 
Police are not ruling out anyone else being charged.

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