UPDATE: Woman charged in murder of Floyd County bartender
The girlfriend of the suspect accused of the murder of a Floyd County bartender is now charged with murder herself.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The girlfriend of the suspect accused of the murder of a Floyd County bartender is now charged with murder herself.
According to a news release from the Floyd County Prosecutor's office, Chelsea Wilson has been charged with the murder of Lewis Morrison. Her boyfriend, James Duffy, was charged with the same murder earlier this month.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, Morrison's body was found in his Floyds Knobs home. He had been shot multiple times. Police say they found that thousands of dollars in cash and Morrison's truck were missing.
In the days afterward, Morrison's friends were trying to come to terms with his death. Morrison was a member at the American Legion Post 42. He also worked there as a bartender, handyman, and cook.
"He was just one of those guys you joke with, have a good time with," said Jake Million.
He laughed as he described his friend Morrison, who everyone knew as "Louie." Jake said Morrison would even pretend to be hard of hearing to joke with people.
"He heard more than what he let on. He acted like he was hard of hearing, which he wasn't. Yeah, Louie was a good guy."
He even had a signature dish on the menu. Every Friday he would serve up the "Louie Burger" at the post. No one was quite sure what secret ingredients he put in it, but they'll all miss it.
"He did it on his own," said his friend Jake Million. "And just for kicks! Louie was a pretty good cook!"
Morrison's friends said that he was a good guy, and they said they are worried people might have taken advantage of his giving nature. The bar manager said Morrison recently expressed he was worried about the group of people connected to the woman renting his basement.
According to investigators, Stacie Chapman lived in Morrison's basement and occasionally paid rent. The Floyd County sheriff said James Duffy, the man charged with Morrison’s murder, got information that Morrison had lots of cash from his renter.
The affidavit for probable cause of James Duffy's arrest states that Duffy was at Morrison's home before, including the early morning hours before he was found dead in the laundry room from multiple gunshot wounds. According to investigators Chapman said Duffy and his girlfriend left the home at 6:00 a.m., then she left the home at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. She said Duffy called her at that same time, and she told him she was going to see a relative. When she returned around 12:45 p.m., she found the home a mess and called 911 when she found Morrison's body.
Chapman was initially questioned by police, along with her boyfriend Robert Coomer. He told investigators that he saw Duffy in late October and early November at Morrison's home. That's when Coomer said Duffy showed him a gun and said he needed to rob someone for money, according to the affidavit. Investigators state Coomer told Duffy that Morrison carried a black bag with money in it, and that Duffy replied he could "pistol whip" Morrison and take the money.
When Duffy was arrested Sunday morning, police say he was found with a gun, which had the same brand of shell casings found at the murder scene. He was also found with a large amount of cash. And at Duffy's home, police found a duffel back with more cash inside.
Both Chapman and Duffy have previous drug convictions in Floyd County. Chapman, Duffy, and Coomer also have active cases pending in Jefferson County, Kentucky. And Duffy was already on house arrest in Clark County, Indiana for a different case.
Wilson was originally arrested because police say she helped her boyfriend avoid being caught by police.
Detectives are still investigating and are not ruling out more potential arrests. If you have any information that can help, call 812-948-FCSD. You can remain anonymous.
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