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Louisville man arrested for murder of victim found in Cox Park

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Nashawn Wesley Mills (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Nashawn Wesley Mills (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Image from the crime scene, taken as police were investigating early Monday morning. Image from the crime scene, taken as police were investigating early Monday morning.
Brandon Shackelford (From a WDRB News interview five years ago.) Brandon Shackelford (From a WDRB News interview five years ago.)
Brandon Shackelford (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Brandon Shackelford (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Nashawn Mills was arraigned on a murder charge Tuesday morning. Nashawn Mills was arraigned on a murder charge Tuesday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police believe they know who killed a man found dead in a car in Cox Park.

Police say they believe Nashawn Mills shot and killed Brandon Shackelford -- but they don't think it happened at Cox Park.

"The murder did not occur in Cox Park," said Lt. Todd Kessinger of the Louisville Metro Police Department. "It occurred at a different location."

Police say 21-year-old Nashawn Mills tried to shoot one man, and killed 24-year-old Brandon Shackelford -- a young man interviewed by WDRB News in the past.

Police say it happened during a robbery near Beulah Church Road in Fern Creek They say the three of them knew each other, and Mills was allowed to get in the car. At some point, police say something went wrong, shots were fired and the driver fled.

"We believe that the murder occurred as the vehicle was traveling down the road," Kessinger said.

Police say Mills drove the car to Cox Park with Shackelford's body inside. Once he got there, police say he tried to set the car on fire and ran away.

"They had placed something in the gas tank that appeared that somebody had attempted to light it," Kessinger said.

Police searched the Ohio River hoping to find the gun allegedly used.

"We thought that could have been the case based on the way the car was left...we did search the river for the weapon and we may go back today, or in the next few days, but we have not been able to locate the weapon at this point," Kessinger said.

Mills is charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

Officials believe they know the "who" and "how" about the incident, but are not telling the "why" right now.

They are asking for any witnesses to come forward who might have seen something at the park.

Mills is expected back in court next week.

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