'I killed her': Man charged with murder in Joan Avenue homicide

Published: Jul. 7, 2018 at 2:24 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2018 at 12:21 AM EDT
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ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A man has been charged with murder in relation to an Elizabethtown homicide.

Elizabethtown Police (EPD) began investigating a dead body that was found early Saturday morning. EPD was called to the area of McCullum Avenue around 2 a.m. on a report of a suspicious person, EPD Spokesperson John Thomas confirmed. There, police found Joseph Capstraw and a witness who told them that Capstraw needed medical attention.

Capstraw's arrest report explained that he made the statement: "I killed her."

According to police documents, the investigation led them to a home in the 500 block of Joan Avenue where officers found the woman's body.

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An arrest report said that Capstraw, after waiving his rights, confessed to being alone with the woman at the Joan Avenue home when they had an argument. Capstraw allegedly told police that he "blacked out," came to, and saw the woman badly beaten and his hands injured. Police said Capstraw admitted to beating the woman to death.

The victim's name has not been released.

Capstraw has been charged with murder.

Prior to his arrest, neighbors say Capstraw was banging on doors throughout the neighborhood.

"It was shaking the whole house," said neighbor Troy Todd. "He was screaming and he was yelling but it was inaudible to me; I could not understand what he was saying. I was reluctant to open the door because I had some children with me and the only way I could assure they were safe was to not open the door."

Todd called 911 to report the suspicious activity. At least three other neighbors said they heard the banging too.

"We heard the knocking but you know, I didn't know if he was going to someone's house that he knew or if he was just lost," said neighbor Tony Georgia. "Plus, being that early in the morning there's no telling what was going on."

Capstraw will be in court Monday morning.

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