The Richmond Register

July 1, 2013

Sentencing delayed in federal drug case

Ellington faces murder complicity charge

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — One of the men indicted in the murder of a Richmond couple has had his federal drug case sentencing rescheduled to the end of the year.

Lebruce Ellington, 34, pleaded not guilty earlier this year in Madison Circuit Court to two counts each of complicity to murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of Sonsaray Warford and Charles Walker.

Ellington currently is in federal custody in a cocaine drug-trafficking case, and he was not transferred to the Madison County Detention Center prior to Thursday’s pretrial hearing.

Ellington has pleaded guilty in the federal drug case, and he was scheduled for sentencing June 10 at the U.S. District Courthouse in Lexington. However, the sentencing was rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9, according to court documents.

Madison Circuit Court Judge Jean C. Logue told Ellington’s attorney that the defendant must be present at his next hearing in state court. She set the hearing’s date for 1 p.m. Sept. 4.

The bodies of the couple, who had been missing since June 2010, were found in shallow grave off Tates Creek Road in March 2012. Warford was shot in the head, and Walker was stabbed and his throat slit, according to preliminary police testimony in Madison District Court.

Ellington is accused of hiring two men, Matthew Denholm and Daniel Keene, to kill Walker at the behest of a local drug ring leader. Warford was Walker’s girlfriend, and she also was kidnapped with him, according to court testimony.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.