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Ky. State Police re-release deck of cards on cold cases

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police are once again turning to a deck of cards to help solve cold case murders.

In 2010, state police released 8,000 decks of playing cards that featured the faces of homicide victims from cases that remain unsolved. Since that time, three cases have been solved. Late last week, state police renewed efforts to solve the remaining cases by re-releasing the deck of cards to the public.


Among the most recent cases included in the deck is the brutal murder of Jim Duckett -- a military veteran turned contractor who was found bound to a chair in his Shelby County home in November of 2008. His throat had been slit.

"And by the way they cut it, my belief is that they probably tried to decapitate him, from what I saw," said Duckett's sister, Katherine Nichols in an interview with WDRB News.

To say Nichols' life was repurposed after her brother's murder would be an understatement.

"Wow. There is so much I have learned," said Nichols.

Chief among them -- she'll admit she isn't very patient and wants answers as to who is responsible.

"I get told all the time that I need to be patient," Nichols said. "My personal opinion, four years is past long enough. I remember sitting in the police cruiser and being told 'this is going to take awhile.'"

That was four years ago.

Nichols hopes the cards will stir something.

She says there have been no arrests and new leads despite 1,400 pieces of evidence that were collected from Jim's truck, which was initially stolen but later recovered by police.

The Shelbyville Fifth Third Bank also captured a fuzzy image of a suspect in the truck using Jim's ATM card.

Nichols says the suspects also stole something from Jim to keep as a trophy of sorts.

"I can't say what it is," Nichols said. "They took something personal of my brother's. It is something he had with him a lot. I miss him. I do I really miss him."

Katherine Nichols now works part-time as a victim's advocate helping other families who have lost someone to murder. Kentucky State Police spokesman Ron Turley told WDRB News there are no new updates with Duckett's murder.

Without getting specific, Nichols said she believes her brother's murder was some sort of revenge.

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