Updated 4 months ago
A Powell County man charged in the killing of a woman in July has now also been charged with the murder of his cousin back in 1995.
Lonnie Martin, 39, is accused of killing 25-year-old Kyla Kline after investigators believe he picked her up in his van as she walked along a downtown Winchester street in early July. Montgomery County authorities found her body buried on a farm. Her cause of death is still to be determined.
After investigation, Martin is now also charged with murder in the death of Joseph Bradley Martin, who died after being hit by a train back in October 1995. The death was originally ruled accidental, and Lonnie Martin was listed as a witness in the case, but police now say evidence links Lonnie Martin with the death. Police believe Martin threw his cousin off of the Washington Street bridge into the path of the train.
Lonnie Martin was also charged with rape in 1997, but the charge was dismissed. According to court documents, Martin cut the victim with a box cutter, causing serious physical injury. What stands out in the 1997 case is how police say Martin approached the victim. They say he offered her a ride to a friend's house, then went elsewhere with her and assaulted her.
In the Kyla Kline case, police seized Martin's van. According to their search warrant, they were looking for documents, cell phones, clothing, blood, bodily fluids, hair and anything that would pertain to murder and tampering with physical evidence in the disappearance and killing of Kline.