Suspect in Dosker Manor homicide convicted of two prior murders


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 6:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A 68-year-old man is behind bars in connection with the stabbing and beating death of a 61-year-old Louisville man. It happened Thursday night at the Dosker Manor housing complex downtown.

It's a crime that police say has raised more questions than answers.

James Seay, 68, was arrested still wearing bloody clothes. Police believe he violently stabbed Orville Avis multiple times, even beat him. With no clear connection just yet between the victim and suspect, residents are concerned.

Orville Avis, 61, was found dead inside his 6th floor apartment at Dosker Manner, a downtown high rise with mostly elderly residents. A family member stopped by to check on Avis, found the door open and Avis dead inside. Seay does not live in the building.

"Why does these things happen, why do people do these things. I just don't understand," Edna Vincent the victim's sister said.

LMPD says a tip led them to Seay who is not talking but police have evidence they say links him to the murder and say there was no forced entry into the apartment. But the connection between the two still remains unclear.

Seay was convicted of murder in 1981, served his prison time and was released from jail in 1996 and was convicted of murder in 1997 and was released in 2011.

"At this point we were not given much information from the suspect so we are still trying to sort through information to determine how that altercation took place and how they are related in such a way and what the relationship was," Lt Barry Wilkerson with LMPD said.

Since Seay did not have a known address, police think he may have been homeless.  They arrested him Friday morning in the Buechel area.

Funeral arrangements for Avis have not yet been made.