No arrests yet, but RPD believes Rigney was not killed as random act of violence

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No arrests have been made yet in relation to the murder of 36-year-old Brad Rigney, but the Russellville Police Department now believes that he possibly knew his attacker.

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 Monday that said this was not believed to be a random act of violence because Rigney possibly knew his attacker.

Russellville Police chief Victor Shifflett said that investigators do not have one prime suspect at this time, but are looking at several individuals as persons of interest.

Currently 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.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help and urging anyone with information to contact the Russellville Police Department at 726-7669 or Crimestoppers at 726-5050.

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.

A murder occurred in Logan County, but outside of Russellville in 2012 when 46-year-old Dale Holloway was killed on T. McReynolds Road. Timothy Claytor has been charged with that crime, but is still awaiting trial as the case goes through the judicial system.

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