Man arrested in rape, death of neighbor indicted

James Allen Peters, 66, of Louisville, is facing charges in the April death of Mary Solinger.
James Allen Peters, 66, of Louisville, is facing charges in the April death of Mary Solinger.(WAVE News)
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 2:59 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a man who is on Kentucky’s Sex Offender Registry in the death of his neighbor.

James Allen Peters, 66, of Louisville, was indicted on one count each of murder, rape and burglary, along with two counts of voyeurism.

Louisville Metro police were called to a home in the 100 block of Birchwood Ave. on the afternoon of April 18 on a report of a person down. They found the body of Mary Solinger, 50, inside a home.

Mary 'Nikki' Solinger was found dead at a home on S Birchwood Avenue in April.
Mary 'Nikki' Solinger was found dead at a home on S Birchwood Avenue in April.(Courtesy: Solinger family)

Peters was identified as the suspect from DNA that was collected at the scene. Solinger’s blood was also found on personal items belonging to Peters.

Peters, who lived in the home next door to Solinger, had been placed on the sex offender registry in 1997 following a rape conviction in Nelson County.

Sense his arrest on May 18, Peters has been held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

Peters entered a not guilty plea in court on Monday, where a judge placed him on a $1 million full cash bond.

He will be due back in court on Oct. 13.

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