The Richmond Register

March 28, 2012

Two men arrested for killing missing couple

Berea murder suspect also charged with deaths of Walker and Warford

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Two men, one of whom is accused of shooting a Berea man to death and injuring another, have been charged with the 2010 kidnapping and murder of a Richmond couple, according to Richmond police.

Daniel Keene, 26, of 466 Garden City Drive, confessed Monday morning to kidnapping Charles “Chew” Walker and Sonsaray “Sonsi” Warford on June 28, 2010, from their apartment at Keystone Drive, according to an arrest report. He and another person, who was not named, murdered the couple within Madison County, the report said.

“... Keene stated the items used in the commission of the kidnapping and murders were disposed of in Madison County,” states the report.

Soon after the alleged confession, law enforcement officers discovered two bodies in Madison County, according to Maj. Bob Mott of the Richmond Police Department. Mott declined to release the exact location where the bodies were found, and he would not speculate on the identities of the bodies until an autopsy had been completed.

Keene was arrested Monday night at the Richmond Police Department, according to an RPD arrest report.  Keene was charged with two counts each of murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence.

Matthew Denholm, 27, received the same charges Tuesday, plus one count of auto theft, according to Mott. Denholm has been in the Madison County Detention Center since Dec. 2 after police say he entered the Berea apartment of Zackary Dustin Flower and Kevin Price on Nov. 21 and shot the roommates, killing Flower. Three other people, including Denholm’s brother, Ryan Denholm, have been charged in connection with the shooting.

Keene is being held on a $2 million bond, according to the jail’s website. Denholm was already being held on a $1 million bond.

Mott said multiple searches were conducted in Madison and other counties before the bodies were found. They were there for “quite some time,” Mott said. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort, and Mott did not know when the autopsies would be complete.

Mott said numerous agencies were involved with the investigation over “many, many months,” including the Kentucky State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Cadaver-detecting dogs also were used, Mott said.

The case is a “giant puzzle,” and the investigation continues, according to Mott.

Walker and Warford were both 30 years old at the time of their disappearance. They lived together in the Keystone Drive apartment and were reported missing June 29 by family members.

Warford had two children who were 10 and 8 at the time of her disappearance.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.