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Dec 7, 2012 5:52 PM

Families React to Third Indictment in Kidnapping, Murder of Madison County Couple

More twists and turns in a gruesome murder for hire plot that stunned Madison County. A grand jury has now indicted a third person, 32-year-old Lebruce Ellington, in the kidnapping and murder of Richmond couple, Sonsi Warford and Charles "Chew" Walker.

In the affidavit filed back in March, Lebruce Ellington told Richmond Police he was paid $5,000 to find people to carry out the hit. The indictment charges Ellington with two counts of complicity to commit murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of complicity to commit burglary, and persistent felony offender.

Sonsi and Chew's families were finally able to lay their loved ones to rest in early November. Sonsi's father says he's not surprised about Ellington, but says it's been especially tough since the funeral.

"I'm having a bit harder time than people know. I stay to myself a lot. It's a little bit harder than I thought it was going to be after putting them to rest," says Gregory Todd, Sonsi's dad.

Their nightmare began when Sonsi and Chew went missing in the summer of 2010. Then in March, Richmond Police found their bodies buried in a Richmond field. Police charged Daniel Keene and Matthew Denholm with carrying out the murders. According to a search warrant affidavit, drug dealer J'Kolbe Chenault allegedly hired them. Chew Walker's aunt says she has mixed feelings about Ellington's alleged involvement.

"We knew him. They hung together, they played together. We grew up with them. We know the whole family; they know us," said Amy Burbridge, Chew's aunt. "Was it worth the five thousand [dollars] he got out of this to hurt our family? But not only ours, his?" says Burbridge.

The last few Christmases have been tough, and this one will be no different.

"It's hard when you don't have your loved ones. Now we have the time of giving, and Thanksgiving, and helping each other. It's going to be hard, but we're going to continue to stay together as a family," says Todd.

Lebruce Ellington was already behind bars at the Woodford County Detention Center as a federal prisoner. He did not want to talk to us from jail.

Keene and Denholm have both plead not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for August 2013.


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