Key witness in Ricky Kelly trial gunned down

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 11:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A man gunned down early Saturday morning in the Smoketown neighborhood was identified as 34-year-old Gregory Sawyers.

Sawyers’ body was found lying in the street riddled with bullets near Clay Street and East Broadway. He resided in the 1000 block of South Jackson Street.

Sawyers was a key witness in the federal case against accused murderer Ricky Kelly.

Kelly was originally charged with 8 murders, but those charges were dropped on the state level to move one charge of murder and racketeering to the federal level in a move designed to protect witnesses.

Attorney for Kelly said he was not sure how the murder of a witness would impact the case against his client.

The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects at this time. Police also said they were unaware of any witnesses.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
 

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