The Richmond Register

June 15, 2012

Berea murder case continued

By Ronica Shannon
Register News Writer

RICHMOND —  

The case against four defendants allegedly involved in the Nov. 21 shooting death of Zackary Dustin Flower in Berea was continued Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.
A pretrial conference for Matthew Denholm, 27, Ryan Denholm, 30 and Randall J. Burgess, 18, was scheduled for Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.
A pretrial conference for Sherry Lynn Bratten, 31, also charged in connection with the murder, was scheduled for Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.
The four pleaded not guilty in a March arraignment before Judge William G. Clouse.
The Denholm brothers are facing murder charges, along with criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree burglary, both Class C felonies punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.
Matthew Denholm is accused of entering the apartment of Flower and Kevin Price on Nov. 21 and shooting the roommates, killing Flower. Price was severely injured during the incident.
Matthew Denholm had been in a fight the night before with two Hispanic males in the parking lot of the Oliver Building in Berea, across from City Hall, according to district court testimony by Berea Police Detective Daniel Brewer. The fight allegedly had been over a tool that was stolen from Matthew Denholm.
Matthew Denholm told the roommates he would be back.
When he returned to the apartment the next morning, Matthew Denholm shot through the victims’ apartment door and then kicked the door open, police said. He allegedly fired two shots at Flower, killing him.
He also fired a shot at Price, who later told police that he saw Matthew Denholm shoot Flower through the wrist and face with a deer rifle.
Matthew Denholm, accompanied by his brother Ryan and Ryan’s girlfriend, Sherry Bratten, then left Madison County and were tracked to Louisville, where they were arrested later that day.
Ryan Denholm is accused of providing his brother with the deer rifle and is charged with murder.
Burgess and Bratten are facing the same charges of two counts of facilitation to murder and facilitation to first-degree burglary, all Class D felonies each punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. 
Bond for Matthew Denholm is set at $1 million cash and bond for Ryan Denholm and Bratten is set at $750,000 each.
Thursday was Matthew Denholm’s second consecutive day in circuit court. On Wednesday, he was arraigned on murder and other charges in the deaths of Sonsaray Warford and Charles Walker.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.