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Police say murder happened in J'town hotel

June 8th, 2007

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- Police have released more information on the murder of the Shelbyville nurse and the man accused of killing her. Police say James Benjamin Gary Jr. murdered Beth Layne Shreve in a Jeffersontown hotel room on May 29th. Investigators recovered her body in dense woods in St. Matthews Community Park on June 5th. WAVE 3's Mark Schnyder has more on what police call a very unusual investigation.

It's unusual because it's been worked backwards. Usually, there's a crime scene, a victim and then police arrest a suspect.

In this case they had the suspect in custody, he led them to the victim and later revealed where the murder took place.

During a three-hour interview at police headquarters on June 6th, police say Gary told them  just about everything they needed to know.

"He gave enough detailed description you could consider it an admission, certainly," said Louisville Metro Homicide Detective Gary Huffman.

In other words, Gary confessed to killing Shreve, his girlfriend. Gary, who is 22, has been in trouble with the law his entire adult life. He served time for burglary and robbery. Shreve, 37, was a registered nurse with three kids.

On Friday we got our first insight into how this unlikely couple got together. "My understanding is they met together in some type of a center that helps people with substance problems," Huffman said.

But there's still a lot we don't know. What happened in that Jeffersontown hotel room? And what hotel was it?

"I'm not going to go into specifics about that," Huffman said.

There are certain things homicide detectives aren't ready for the public to know. They're wrapping up their investigation, and the Commonwealth Attorney's office is now preparing its case.

Gary was in court Friday, and is being held on a $1 million bond. He'll be back in court Monday.

Shreve's funeral is set for Friday, June 15th.

Online Reporter: Mark Schnyder

Online Producer: Michael Dever