18 years later, Winchester police charge man with throwing cousin off a bridge

jwarren@herald-leader.comAugust 7, 2013 

A man already facing one murder charge in Montgomery County has been charged with a second homicide in an 18-year-old case in Winchester.

Authorities served a warrant on Lonnie Martin, 39, at the Montgomery County Regional Jail Tuesday night in the 1995 death of Joseph Bradley Martin, who died after being hit by a train in Winchester.

Winchester Police Sgt. Tom Beall said Wednesday that authorities now believe that Lonnie Martin threw Joseph Bradley Martin off a bridge on Washington Street and into the path of the train in 1995 after an altercation. The two men were cousins, Beall said.

According to the Winchester Sun, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said that investigators didn't have enough evidence in 1995 to charge anyone.

Lonnie Martin is in jail after being charged with murder in the death of Kayla Kline, 25, of Winchester.

Kline's body recently was found in a shallow grave on a Montgomery County farm. She had been missing since early July.

That case was bound over to a Montgomery County grand jury Wednesday following a preliminary hearing in district court, Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge said.

Shortridge said Wednesday that preliminary findings from the state medical examiner indicate that Kline was stabbed at least four times and "struck in the facial area with some hard object."

"What that object was at this point we don't know," the sheriff said Wednesday.

Lonnie Martin is originally from Winchester but had been living in Stanton, according to Shortridge.

Winchester police and Montgomery County authorities have been cooperating in an investigation into the Kline case.

Information that turned up during that inquiry prompted Winchester police to take another look into the 1995 case, according to Beall. He declined to provide further details.

According to the Winchester Sun, Lonnie Martin served 10 years of a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in Estill County in 1997.

Anyone with any knowledge of the 1995 case or any other incidents involving Lonnie Martin are asked to call either Hall or Beall at 859-745-7400.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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