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Man shot in Louisville was expected to testify in murder trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Police say a man is dead after being shot multiple times near downtown Louisville early Saturday morning.

MetroSafe officials say the fatal shooting took place near Clay Street and East Broadway.

The Coroner says 34-year-old Gregory Sawyers was pronounced dead at the scene around 4:30 a.m. from multiple gun shot wounds to the body.

People who work nearby say there was a large crowd in that area for much of the evening.

"They had a pretty big block party/street festival out here. They had concert speakers set up and balloons. You really couldn't get down Clay Street because of all the partying that was going on," says Scott Hillerich, who works nearby.

While Sawyers has his own lengthy history of charges such as wanton endangerment, robbery, and assault, he may be best known for his ties to Ricky Kelly.

Eight murder charges against Kelly were dismissed in state court.

He still faces a federal charge of murder for the 2005 death of Lajuante Jackson.

Prosecutors chose to hand over Kelly's case to the feds.

Documents show that Gregory Sawyers provided police with information in two different murders that authorities say Kelly was linked to, including the murder of Jackson.

On Saturday, Sawyers was found dead near the same area where Jackson was killed.

"The problem that we keep running into is that the ones are the ones that are determined to use deadly force to settle some kind of dispute," says Christopher 2X with Fight Crimes Against Children.

While friends of Gregory Sawyers believe he was expected to testify against Ricky Kelly, Kelly's attorney says they are not certain.

Kelly's attorney tells us no trial date has been set in that case.

Police are still investigating what led up to this latest murder.

With no witnesses to the crime so far, they are still looking for suspects, and using nearby surveillance video to help.

"They know that we have cameras around our building, so if they can get any little clue," says Scott Hillerich.

LMPD officials say they have no witnesses or suspects, and are asking for the public's help with any information that may help lead to an arrest to call the tip line at (502) 574-LMPD

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