UPDATE: Google searches help lead investigators to accused killer in London
49-year old Victoria Strelsky is accused of shooting her 62-year old boyfriend Bryan McCarty multiple times in his home last September
UPDATE POSTED 8:20 P.M. ON MARCH 29, 2022:
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – New details were made public on Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court in the case of a slain businessman and his girlfriend, who’s charged with killing him.
The Sentinel Echo reports after testimony, Judge John Chappell ruled that probable cause existed against 49-year old Victoria Strelsky, of London, in the shooting death of 62-year old Bryan McCarty last September. The murder case will now go to a Laurel County Grand Jury.
According to the newspaper report, at Tuesday’s hearing, Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel testified that Sheriff’s deputies went to McCarty’s home after a business associate was concerned when he did not show up for a real estate closing. The deal involved a $450,000 profit and had been in negotiations for quite some time, which struck the other business partner as unusual. However, Strelsky did show up for the closing, stating that McCarty “had something more important to do.” She also issued a $250 check to another individual on McCarty’s account, when she was not authorized to do so. Det. McDaniel said Strelsky signed McCarty’s name to the check.
The report says during questioning by prosecutor Jodi Albright, McDaniel said that McCarty’s body was found inside his residence, lying face down on the floor and approximately 10 to 15 feet from the door. He said investigators did not initially observe gunshot wounds to McCarty’s body, but the autopsy report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that McCarty had been shot three times in the back. Investigators did locate 2 shell casings from a .22 caliber firearm, according to testimony.
McDaniel also testified that Strelsky became a suspect after her cell phone and laptop computer were seized for evidence. According to the testimony, Strelsky had conducted four Google searches on the day of McCarty’s murder in which she asked how long it would take a person to die after being shot in the chest, would a .22 caliber shot penetrate a body, would it penetrate the rib cage and what would be the body temperature of a person after their death. Those searches were conducted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to the newspaper report.
The newspaper reports during cross examination, Strelsky’s attorney, Paul Croley, questioned the number of people present at the scene when McCarty’s body was found, with McDaniel stating that Strelsky opened the door to the residence by obtaining a key from under the porch. A friend who was concerned with McCarty not showing up – Mr. Sigramis – was sitting in his vehicle in the driveway, along with McDaniel and the two deputies who responded to the welfare check request. Croley then questioned the location of McCarty’s vehicle, focusing on the isolated area of the residence from the road.
The report says he also asked McDaniel about the number of firearms retrieved from McCarty’s residence, to which McDaniel answered that there were shotguns, rifles, revolvers and pistols – all of which were taken into evidence. The shell casings found on the floor of the residence, however, matched a .22 caliber which was found on the couch in the living room of McCarty’s home.
According to the report, McDaniel said the time of McCarty’s death was between 12:50 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., basing that on a witness statement that he had seen McCarty as he drove down the road at 12:50 p.m. that day. Additionally, Strelsky’s phone was examined by lab experts and it was discovered that her phone was inactive between those times although her phone was pinpointed to be at her daughter’s home just prior and after those times. Strelsky’s daughter lives across the road from McCarty’s cabin.
Albright objected several times to Croley’s line of questioning, with Judge Chappell agreeing that the questioning should come to a close, after nearly 90 minutes for the hearing, according to the report.
Strelsky’s attorney asked that his client’s bond be reduced from $500,000 fully secured to $100,000 fully secured. The judge left the bond at $500,000 fully secured, according to the report.
Strelsky is due back in court April 15 at 9:00 a.m., according to the report.
UPDATE POSTED 3:50 P.M. ON MARCH 23, 2022:
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with a homicide in Laurel County dating back to last September.
Deputies say 49-year old Victoria Strelsky was arrested at her home on Maple Grove Road in London and charged with Murder, Forgery 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Investigators did not say what led them to Strelsky, who they say was McCarty’s girlfriend. She was described in his obituary as his “soul mate.”
She’s accused of shooting 62-year old Bryan McCarty to death. He was found dead September 25, 2021 in his home. Investigators believe he had been shot to death the day before. Deputies say he had been shot multiple times. McCarty was found after he failed to show up for a scheduled business meeting.
UPDATE POSTED 12:30 P.M. OCT. 18, 2021
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The reward offered by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office has increased as it continues to investigate the Sept. 25, 2021 shooting death of 62-year-old Bryan McCarty.
Sheriff John Root announced Monday the reward is now $25,000.
McCarty, a local business owner, was found shot several times in his home on Maple Grove Road in London after he missed a business meeting on Sept. 27 and associates became concerned.
UPDATE POSTED OCTOBER 5, 2021 AT 4:15 P.M.
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The reward offered by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office has increased as it continues to investigate Bryan McCarty’s murder.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, London Laurel County Crime stoppers gave $4,000 to go toward the reward, bringing the total to $14,000.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT 10:26 A.M.
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities in Laurel County are offering a $10,000 reward for information that will help lead them to an arrest in the murder of Bryan McCarty.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, McCarty, 62, of London was found dead after being shot multiple times in his home off of Maple Grove Road on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Those with information regarding the case should contact lead sheriff’s investigator Detective Taylor McDaniel, Detective Robert Reed or Lt. Chris Edwards. Investigators can be contacted by calling the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600, by sending a message to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information shared with authorities will be confidential.