Report: Arrest made after man is killed with hatchet, dumped in freezer


MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person is charged with the murder of a Mt. Sterling man and four others are accused of helping dispose of his body.

According to the Mt. Sterling Advocate, Lenville Smith was killed at his home on September 4. The newspaper says Lenville was hit in the head with a hatchet then his body was put in a deep freezer and removed from the home. The freezer was dumped on the side of the road in Menifee County.

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Investigators say 41-year-old Richard McGaha killed Smith. According to the newspaper, McGaha told another person he killed someone with a hatchet and he would be leaving town.

Four others, 46-year-old Phillip James Tuttle, 46-year-old Sonya Lynn Palmer, 38-year-old Mattie Renea Mahon, and 39-year-old Stanley Issac Sargent, are charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.