Sister of Monroe County Murder Victim Speaks

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MONROE COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Police believe they've found the man responsible for the brutal murder of a Monroe County man. The sister of the victim says the man charged with murdering her brother was one of his friends.

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in Scottsville, Mattie Mansfield tells us she hasn't seen her brother Roger in two months.

"Other than talking to him on the phone. That was the last time I'd seen him... his birthday." said Roger Mansfield's sister Mattie Mansfield.

Now she copes with knowing it would be the last time.

"I've been through some hard times, but without Roger... I just don't know if I can handle this one," said Mansfield.

Police say 51 year-old Roger Mansfield was murdered earlier this week in Fountain Run. He was found dead in his Cherry St. home on Tuesday.

"He died of incised wounds during an assault," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory.

According to a police report, he was found with those chop wounds to the head. Gregory says they charged 25 year-old Kassey Russell of Fountain Run with the murder of Mansfield.
KSP's investigation lead them to Russell who they found at a hotel in Bowling Green and arrested him on an unrelated warrant before charging him with murder.

"We took him in on an indictment warrant that was returned from Monroe County sometime last month," said Gregory

Mansfield says Russell was no stranger to her brother.

"This kid's lived with him on and off the whole time Roger's lived in the trailer, and he'd been saving money to buy him a boat. The boy knew he had the money, and that's the only thing we can figure is the reason he got killed," said Mansfield.

Now Mansfield says she wants to see justice for her brother.

Trooper Gregory says Kentucky State Police are continuing their investigation, and have not ruled out the possibility that Russell was aided by others in the murder.

Russell is currently in the Monroe County Jail.

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