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Louisville police link dead homicide suspect to second murder

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LMPD Lt. Todd Kessinger briefs reporters about deceased murder suspect George Tingler Jr. on Jan. 15, 2015. LMPD Lt. Todd Kessinger briefs reporters about deceased murder suspect George Tingler Jr. on Jan. 15, 2015.
George Tingler, Jr. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) George Tingler, Jr. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Howard Couch (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Howard Couch (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Bernard Abell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Bernard Abell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have linked a homicide suspect who killed himself over the weekend to a second murder.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Louisville Metro Police Lt. Todd Kessinger told reporters that George Tingler Jr., a man found dead in a Clarksville motel room after an apparent suicide, has now been linked to two murders.

Surveillance video shows the truck Tingler stole from one of his victims at both crime scenes.

Police already suspected Tingler of a murder that took place Saturday near the corner of 31st Street and Bank Street, in the Portland neighborhood. At that time, police say they found a dead man -- 56-year-old Howard Couch -- inside a home. The coroner said he died from multiple injuries sustained from an assault, primarily to the head.

Tingler was later found dead inside a room at the Crest Motel in Clarksville, according to Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer. 

Chief Palmer said the Metro SWAT Team made a tactical entry into the room to try and apprehend Tingler. It was then that officials found that he had taken his own life.

Police say Tingler's sister, who lives out of state, also called Clarksville dispatch Saturday night saying her brother had confessed to killing two people before killing himself. She said he called her to tell her police had found the first body and that it was only a matter of time before they found the second.

Police say initially, they didn't know if he was referring to himself as the second body.


On Thursday morning, Kessinger linked Tingler to the second homicide -- the death of 75-year-old Bernard Abell, whose body was discovered Sunday in a home on Southland Terrace, near Iroquois Park.

"One of his friends or neighbors came by to check on him, they hadn't heard from him so they came by to check on him, and that's when they went in the house and they found the victim," Lt. Todd Kessinger said.

At the time, he said the case was handled like a homicide from the beginning and an autopsy Monday morning proved that it was.

"We had to confirm what the cause of death was," Kessinger said.

The coroner says Abell's cause of death was blunt force trauma. Kessinger says injuries to both victims were similar.


Police say Tingler's weapon was a hammer.

Police think Tingler had been living with Couch for a short time in Louisville's Portland neighborhood.


Police say Tingler had been helping Couch with his construction business and that they were in the process of doing a project for Bernard Abell.


That's how police believe Tingler knew both victims.


Lt. Kessinger told WDRB there's no reason to believe Tingler is responsible for any other murders.

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