Updated 4 months ago
More has been learned about the criminal background of the man accused of murdering a Winchester woman.
39-year-old Lonnie Martin 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, early July.
Last Sunday, Montgomery county authorities found her body buried on this farm. her cause of death, still to be determined.
Records show Martin served ten years of a 15-year sentence for assaulting a woman in Estill County in 1997.
He was originally charged with rape, 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.
Sunday, 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 Kyla Kline.
Police are waiting on autopsy results before releasing how Kyla Kline died.