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Suspect in double homicide at Roosters posts $425K bond, now on home incarceration

The judge had originally posted the bond at $1 million. Later in February 2021, the bond had been reduced to $425,000.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Months after Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) arrested a 21-year-old man in connection to a deadly shooting at a restaurant on Preston Highway, the suspect is now on house arrest.

The shooting at the Roosters in the Okolona neighborhood left two people dead on Dec. 23, 2021. 

In Feb. 2022, a grand jury indicted Karson Reitz for murder and wanton endangerment. Later that month, a judge reduced Reitz' bond from $1 million to $425,000. Then in late March, Reitz posted the amount, bailing out of jail and into the HIP program -- as he awaits future court dates in the case.

Around 8:10 p.m. Dec. 23, police responded to a report of a shooting at Roosters off of Preston Highway and McCawley Road.

"Nobody deserves this. Nobody deserves what happened," said Amy Jones-Wolney, the bartender at Roosters.

When they arrived, officers found two men who had been shot. The Jefferson County Coroner's office identified the two men as Michael Miller, 48, and Bradley Cross, 51.

Miller suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, while Cross was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he later died, an LMPD spokesperson said.

Trey York, a former student-athlete of Cross, told WHAS11 he will truly be missed. York said he coached kids on more than just sports.

"He's coached a lot of kids," York said. "So he's impacted a lot of lives. Like I said, he's more than a coach."

Credit: Louisville Metro Corrections
21-year-old Karson Reitz was arrested and charged with murder for a shooting at a Louisville restaurant on Dec. 23.

An LMPD spokesperson said security camera footage showed Reitz displaying a firearm and discharging it inside the restaurant, striking the two victims. Police said Reitz also gave a post-Mirandized statement to a homicide detective admitting to the shooting.

Reitz appeared in court for the first time Sunday, December 26, and entered a not guilty plea. He is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond.

LMPD's investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help the Cross family. For more information click here.

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