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Fourth person charged in connection with Berea murder

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A fourth person has been arrested a day after a murder in Berea, Kentucky led to a high-speed chase and standoff in Louisville.

The owner of the car the suspects were driving now faces complicity to murder charges. Police also say that the man accused of killing a 25-year-old in Berea already confessed to the crime.

"All of a sudden it was surrounded. It just, cars just kept getting in line. More police cars, more police cars from all directions following it," said Sue Nerlinger.

Nerlinger was in a nearby parking lot when officers surrounded murder suspect Matthew Denholm Monday.  She took out her phone, and started recording.

"I've never seen that many guns. Everyone threw open the trunks, guns out, screaming yelling, 'get down.' It was very scary," she said.

Denholm was arrested, along with his brother Ryan and friend Sherry Bratten. Police say he shot and killed 25-year-old Zachary Flower, and wounded another man, 100 miles away in Berea. Authorities were then able to track him to Louisville.

"Credit to both Louisville and Jeffersontown police officers for showing discretion, and being able to take this subject into custody without firing a shot," said Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders.

According to a police report, Denholm admitted that he killed Flower, and even told police the shotgun he used was in his trunk.  He faces a murder charge and a judge in Louisville entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in court Tuesday.        

His brother and Bratten are charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. A judge entered not guilty pleas for each of them as well. Also on Tuesday, Berea police arrested 18-year-old Randall Burgess.  Investigators say he allowed Denholm to use his car; the one seen in the video Sue Nerlinger says she won't forget taking anytime soon.

"It was one of those things that was so unreal. It was like being in a movie, or going to a movie. Because you're not used to seeing anything like that," said Nerlinger.

Investigators in Berea say Ryan Denholm and Sherry Bratten will likely face more charges, which could be filed as early as Wednesday.

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