Judge enters not guilty plea for man accused of murdering neighbor

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Neighbors speak out as a Lexington man is now accused of shooting and killing a man on Greenleaf Drive.

65-year-old Curtis Flora, who is charged with murdering his neighbor, 29-year-old Austin Murphy, was without a lawyer in court today so the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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Flora appeared in court via video from the Fayette County Detention Center.

Lexington police say they charged Flora with murder after he confessed to shooting and killing Murphy outside his home off Greenleaf Drive.

“It is scary because this neighborhood is very very quiet. You wouldn’t expect anything like that from here. But you just never know. Just lucky that my kids weren’t outside playing at the time,” said Kimberly Lamb, a neighbor.



Neighbors say Flora and Murphy had a long history of conflict but no one expected it would turn violent.

“They were always constantly, one time their friends, one time their not friends. So it was just a constant battle between the both of them,” said Lamb.

In a statement sent to ABC 36 News Murphy’s family wrote, “Austin was not a confrontational person so I cannot imagine how far a dispute would go or how serious it could be to warrant this senseless crime that took him from us. All I do know is he is a son, father, brother, nephew, cousin and friend who is loved by many and we will all miss his beautiful smile, goofy laugh and loving hugs.”

Flora is being held without bond.

He will be back in court on Monday.