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Police say a 22-year-old Louisville man and a juvenile are behind the stabbing death of a man inside a Dixie Highway business Wednesday night. A cell phone led police to the suspects hundreds of miles away in Tennessee.
The murder of a store clerk occured at J J's Smoke Shop, a tobacco and liquor store in Valley Station. By Thursday night, Louisville Metro Police detectives had traveled to Jellico, Tennessee to interview people in connection with the murder.
The body of 28-year-old Joshua Pendelton was discovered late Wednesday night after someone asked police to check the welfare of someone at the store. Friday morning, police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell announced two persons being held in Tennessee have been charged with robbery and murder.
They are 22-year-old Andrew Marra of Louisville, and a 16-year-old juvenile who is also a Louisville resident. Mitchell says, "Through our investigation and talking to witnesses and gathering information, we were able to find out Mr. Marra was the one that talked to the victim last. We believe they were, at least, acquaintances."
Mitchell confirmed that police found a cell phone Wednesday night that belonged to Joshua Pendelton. It may have provided clues to whom he had spoken with before his death.
They also have recovered the J J Smoke Shop computer, which was among items missing from the store. It will be checked to determine whether it contains surveilance video which may have captured the robbery and murder.
The two murder suspects are believed to have traveled to Jellico Tennessee, which is just over the Kentucky state line, because they have relatives there.