Wellnitz Murder Case Arrests Made

By: Darla Oglesby
By: Darla Oglesby

A 10-year long triple murder investigation in Adair County ends with the arrest of two people.

The triple homicide occurred Feb. 26, 1993. The victims were Dr. Joseph Wellnitz, an Adair Co. veterinarian, his wife Beth, and son Dennis.

Thursday afternoon, Kentucky State Police out of Columbia arrested two Lexington people, 28-year-old Margaret Ann Wellnitz Appelton (victim's daughter), and 30-year-old William Harry Meece.

Both have been indicted for murder, robbery, and burglary, along with complicity.

Appelton is lodged in the Adair County Jail. Meece is in the Fayette County Detention Center.


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