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CRESTWOOD, Ky (WDRB) -- Police in Oldham County are investigating after they say a man was found dead in Crestwood, Saturday morning.
The incident took place at a home on Margaret Ann Court, south of the intersection of Ash Avenue and Old Floydsburg Road, shortly after 5:30 a.m.
Police say they received a call that a possible homicide had taken place there. According to a news release, the caller told police that 51-year-old Gail G. Kelley, a Crestwood resident, had killed her live-in boyfriend, 44-year-old Michael T. Evans, who was also a Crestwood resident.
When police arrived at the home, they were unable to make contact with anyone inside, so they forced entry, according to the news release. Police say they found the body of Evans, who had suffered an apparent head injury.
The official cause of death has not been determined yet.
Police say Kelley told them she struck Evans in the head with a hatchet, killing him. She was taken into custody and formal charges are pending.
Family members of Gail Kelley say the couple had been together for at least 4 years. Gail Kelley's brother-in-law, Jerry Shepherd, Jr., says it was an abusive relationship.
Last week, he says he thought the relationship was coming to an end.
"Just last week I went over there to try to move her out of the house. I said, Gail, be ready. Have your things on the porch," says Jerry Shepherd, Jr.
He says she went back to her boyfriend.
Shepherd says the couple had an abusive relationship, and believes Gail Kelley acted in self-defense in this latest incident. Police are not yet saying what happened in this case.
Online, friends of Michael Evans wished him 'Happy Birthday' on his Facebook page, as they expressed their sympathy and called his death a senseless tragedy.
No matter what happened inside the home, family members of Gail Kelley say they wish this relationship had ended much differently.
"That if she would have left when we tried to get her to leave a long time ago, this would not have happened. It wouldn't have come to this," says Jerry Shepherd, Jr.
If anyone has information on the incident, they are asked to contact the Oldham County Police Department at (502) 222-1300 or via their Web site at www.oldhamcountypolice.com.