Man faces second murder charge in cousin's death

Winchester Sun (Associated Press)August 7, 2013 

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Murder suspect Lonnie Martin is facing new murder charges after Winchester Police linked him to the death of his cousin, Joseph B. Martin, in 1995.

Winchester Police Sgt. Tom Beall said he served the warrant on Martin, 39, in the Montgomery County Regional Jail Tuesday night, where he is being held on a murder charge for the death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline.

The new murder charges came from the investigation into Kline's disappearance and death, Beall said.

Beall said police have a motive for Joseph Martin's death, but would not discuss it. Lonnie Martin, of Stanton, had not confessed to his cousin's death, Beall said.

Joseph B. Martin, 21, died Oct. 29, 1995, after he fell from the viaduct on Washington Street and was struck by a train. At the time, investigators did not have enough to charge anyone with the death, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said.

There wasn't enough evidence, Beall said.

Lonnie Martin has already served one prison sentence for an assault in Estill County in 1997. He was originally charged with first-degree rape, attempted murder and first-degree assault, but pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 15 years. He was released after serving 10, police said.

Hall said the Kentucky State Police wanted to interview Lonnie Martin about some open investigations and missing person's cases.

Lonnie Martin was charged July 28 with Kline's death after her remains were unearthed on a Montgomery County farm. She was last seen in Winchester July 3. Her family filed a missing persons report three days later. Search dogs found the remains in a shallow grave beneath debris.

Lonnie Martin is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County today for Kline's death. Beall and Hall did not know when he would be arraigned in Clark County.

He is being held on a $1.5 million bond in Montgomery County and Clark District Judge Charles Hardin set a $1 million bond in the Clark County case.

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