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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four years after a war veteran is found tied up and murdered in his home, police are taking a new approach to catch his killer. But something has changed that could finally crack the case.
The streets of Shelbyville are festive in preparation for this weekend's Celebration of Lights. But smiling Santas and snowmen are reason enough for Katherine Nichols to leave town every year. It is the same weekend her brother, 43-year-old Jim Duckett, was murdered four years ago. The memories of discovering his body are too painful. "I am angry because they have taken me as a person away from my children, away from my husband, and they have taken me away from me," Nichols said in a phone interview.
Nichols' daughter, Brittney Claycomb is still horrified by her uncle's death. "There's a way to move on. But you can't let it go," said Claycomb. "He was tied to a chair. He was stabbed multiple times. And his throat was cut."
Kentucky State Police have investigated the disabled army vet's case with no arrests. Now, they are changing things up. "They're actually taking a group approach we have two lead detectives on the case, but there are other detectives looking into it as well," Claycomb explained. "We've always said there are those one or two pieces are missing and maybe they're going to catch something that somebody before them hasn't."
Police believe the suspect may have an uncontrollable violent behavior, and could still be a risk to the public. Family members hope a clue they've never spoken about before could help crack the case. They say an expensive possession of Jim's was taken from the home...but to protect the case, they cannot reveal what it is. "Maybe that could be a trigger. The final thing that you needed to say my suspicions are right," said Claycomb. "Somebody out there knows something. It's too small of a town not to."
The family is offering a $10,000 reward. If you have any information, call Kentucky State Police.