POLICE REPORT: Man confesses to Berea murder - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POLICE REPORT: Man confesses to Berea murder

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The man who led police on a high-speed chase and standoff confessed to murder and told police where to find the murder weapon, according to a police report.

That report says Matthew Denholm told police he killed a man Monday, and said the shotgun he used was in the trunk of his car.

Two people were shot Monday morning at a Berea apartment complex.  25-year old Zachary Flower died and another man was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital with injuries.

Police believe a fight Sunday sparked the shooting.  Officers received a tip that Denholm might be in Louisville.  When they spotted his car, they went in with lights and sirens, but Denholm took off with police in pursuit, finally ending with a brief standoff at Shelbyville and Hurstbourne.

After being arrested, police say he confessed to the murder and said he wanted police to shoot him.

Denholm's brother Ryan and friend Sherry Bratten were also in the car.  They are charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

All three were in jail court Tuesday morning.  Ryan Denholm could be seen making some type of sign with his hands.

Matthew Denholm is charged with murder and assault, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing or evading police, and wanton endangerment of a police officer.  Friends describe Denholm as a loving father, but also told WDRB he's a military veteran with mental issues.

We've also learned he's been accused of violence by his second wife.

Detectives say more charges are coming in on Ryan and Bratten.  They are both being held on a $100,000 bond.

Matthew Denholm will soon be transferred from Metro Corrections to Madison County, where he faces the murder charge on a $1 million bond.

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