The Russellville Police Department continues to work on the murder case of 36-year-old Brad Rigney, but is now in a bit of a holding pattern as evidence is processed at the Kentucky State Police labs in Frankfort and Louisville.
RPD detective Kenneth Edmonds said that once the results come back from the testing of the evidence, an arrest could be made.
The murder occurred in December, just a few days after Christmas.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, the RPD responded to a call at 524 Rhea Blvd. to investigate a possible homicide. Upon arriving at the residence, Rigney’s body was found.
The RPD issued a statement previously that said this was not believed to be a random act of violence because Rigney possibly knew his attacker or attackers.
The RPD investigators are working with other agencies, including the FBI, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police and the Nashville Metro Police, in order to find out information that will lead to the identity of Rigney’s killer.
Rigney, who was deaf, lived alone at the Rhea Blvd. residence. His body was first discovered by his brother and sister-in-law, who then called 911.
An autopsy was performed on Sunday, Dec. 29 and the preliminary indication was that Rigney had died from blunt force trauma to the head.
This was the first murder in Russellville in over 11 years.
The last murder that occurred in Russellville was the double homicide of sisters Jessica and Hanna Key in December of 2002. Derrick Loving was convicted of that crime and sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 20 years.