Clay County murder suspect pleads not guilty

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A man accused of a Clay County murder told a judge he was not guilty Tuesday.

Kenneth B. Grubb

Police arrested Kenneth Grubb last Friday thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip. They said they found Grubb in Butler County, Ohio around 9 p.m.

Grubb is accused of killing Robert Burns, 61. On May 4, troopers discovered Burns' body in a wooded area off of Sol Hollow Road in the Oneida community of Clay County.

Grubb is due in court June 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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"I felt so wonderful and my family feels so good that he's caught," said Kimberly Shouse, Robert Burns' sister. "I can put my brother to rest knowing that this murderer is off the streets in Clay County."

Shouse said her brother knew Grubb and helped him from time to time.

"Bob was like that. He would do anything for anybody just to try to be good," said Shouse.

She said both families spent time together in Hamilton, Ohio and her parents lived down the street from Grubb's parents in Clay County.

"They didn't talk to them frequently," she said. "They just knew they lived down there and they knew they were from Hamilton and things like that."

Recently, Shouse said her brother told her he felt like someone was watching him.

"Somebody had to have been watching my brother to do this," Shouse said.

The new developments offered some relief for Burns' loved ones.

"My brother didn't deserve this and I'm going to miss him, I'm gonna miss him so much," said Shouse.

Officials said they will now investigate Burns' death as a murder.

Burns' body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. Those results have not yet been released.

Shouse said Burns' body still hasn't been released to the family, so they have not had a funeral.

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