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Murder Investigation and Arrest in Benton, KY

Date of News Release: 11/26/2004

(Hickory, KY) - On November 26, 2004, at 5:00 A.M., Detectives with the Kentucky State Police, at the request of the Benton Police Department, responded to the scene of a suspected homicide at apartment 122 D of the Walnut Court Housing Authority in Benton.

Upon arrival, Detectives Janet Gabbard learned that Benton officers had discovered the body of Beth Sturm, 37.

An autopsy conducted in Madisonville revealed Sturm died of stab wounds to the chest.

Detectives Gabbard also made contact at Marshall County Hospital with Sturm's boyfriend, Danny Dounis, 39 of Metropolis, IL. Dounis suffered a stab wound to the chest that was later determined to be self-inflicted.

Detective Gabbard charged Dounis with one count of Murder and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence. Dounis was transported to the Marshall County Jail, where he remains lodged.

The investigation continues by Detective Gabbard.

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