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Two men indicted by Kentucky grand jury for murder of father, 9-year-old daughter

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office said Antonio Sanderson and Antonia Brown have been charged with murder and robbery by a grand jury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Commonwealth Attorney's Office said a grand jury has indicted two men accused of shooting and killing a father and his 9-year-old daughter in southwest Louisville.

A Jefferson County Grand Jury returned the indictment for Antonio Sanderson and Antonio Brown Tuesday. The pair was arrested earlier this month in connection with the deaths of Vernon Lee and his daughter, Kaylee.

According to LMPD Homicide Commander Lt. Donny Burbrink, the father and daughter were killed in their home in the 13700 block of Lyons Avenue on Aug. 15, 2021. The department believes they were killed during a home invasion.

"Based on speaking with the family, there were specific things that Vernon kept in his safe, and we were able to show those were missing," Burbrink said. "I can't say for sure that anybody else will be arrested, but I think it's our job to make sure that anybody who is responsible or has a part to play in this should be held accountable just like the two people that we've gotten so far."

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He said Antonia Brown was arrested in Louisville and Antonio Sanderson was arrested in Tempe, Arizona. Sanderson is awaiting extradition back to Louisville, which should happen within the next month, according to Burbrink.

Brown and Sanderson have been charged with murder, robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and persistent felony offense. The Commonwealth Attorney's Office said Brown is also facing one count of failure to comply with a sex offender registration.

Burbrink said input from the community helped them to make the arrests. He stressed the importance of the anonymous tip line and encouraged anyone who believes they might have information on a case - no matter how trivial it may seem - to contact police.

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