Arrest made after Louisville man found shot to death back in 2021

Chelynda L. Howlett was arrested after a man was found shot to death inside a hotel in the...
Chelynda L. Howlett was arrested after a man was found shot to death inside a hotel in the Okolona neighborhood back on Oct. 1, 2021. Photo: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections(WAVE News)
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 10:31 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - An arrest has been made after a man was found dead from a gunshot wound at an Okolona neighborhood hotel back in Oct. 2021.

LMPD Homicide Unit detectives arrested Chelynda L. Howlett, 28, of Louisville, on Monday for the death of Poncho Young, 40, of Louisville. Police found Young dead inside a room at the InTown Suites on Preston Highway.

According to Howlett’s arrest slip, police were originally called to the location on a possible burglary within a room.

Police said there were five people in the room when the incident occurred, including Howlett and Young.

Video footage was provided to officials of Howlett entering the room with a purse, and after the victim was shot, a witness and Howlett left the room. Howlett was not carrying her purse at the time.

Howlett returned later and broke a window from outside the room to retrieve her purse. She later left the room through the door with a sheet concealing her purse from view.

Multiple witnesses called out Howlett as responsible for Young’s murder, and were able to identify her through tattoos on her left hand.

The charges Howlett was arrested on are murder, first-degree burglary, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to the arrest citation.