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Family of murdered army veteran says more could be done to find his killer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been six years since an army veteran was murdered and the victim's family believes more can be done to solve the case.

Katherine Nichols still cannot talk about discovering the body of her murdered brother at his home in Shelbyville without fighting back tears. 

"He was tied to his kitchen chair and the chair was flipped over in the floor, and um, whew six years," said Nichols, taking a deep breath, blinking back tears. "When I saw that his throat had been slit and you kind of grasp, I literally am in a crime scene."

43-year-old Jim Duckett, a disabled Army veteran was bound to a chair, and had been stabbed at least 15 times. 

"I was actually told that the stab wounds were superficial, were just to torture him," said Nichols. Nichols says days before his murder, Duckett was robbed and he told some family members who he thought was responsible.

The family believes the same people are responsible for his murder. "I'm still waiting, and they're still walkin' the street. When you know who they are, you're constantly looking over your shoulder," said Nichols.

Kentucky State Police is in charge of the case, but Nichols feels more could be done. "I understand budget cuts, I understand short staff, I understand politics -- I understand it -- I'm playing as best as I can, I'm playing as nice as I can. I want something done."

Nichols volunteers for different groups against crime, and says she will keep fighting to see justice for her brother. "I'm his big sister, it's always been my job to take care of him," she cried, "and I'm going to continue."

Duckett's truck was stolen from the home, but was later recovered. The family says a valuable item from of Jim's was also taken.

The Kentucky State Police are actively investigating this case. If you or anyone you know have any information pertaining to this case, we are asking you to come forward and contact The Kentucky State Police, SGT Wolcott at (502) 227-2221. 

You can give information anonymously as well.

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