Police arrest man for the murder of transgender Lynchburg woman

Kenneth Kelly

Police say Kenneth Kelley Jr. is now in custody for the murder of a transgender Lynchburg woman in July. Investigators named Phineas Neville as the victim, but she went by Ebony Morgan. She was found in a residence on Rivermont Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital. Kelley Jr. is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with out bond.

Previously: 22-year-old Kenneth Allen Kelley Jr. has been charged in connection to the homicide of Phineas Neville. Kelley Jr has been charged with the following: 18.2-32–2nd Degree Murder, 18.2-53.1-Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Anyone that knows the whereabouts of Kelley is asked to contact the Lynchburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Previously: On July 2, 2017, at approximately 1:07 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 303 Rivermont Avenue regarding the report of a possible malicious wounding. When officers arrived on scene, they located a victim who had multiple gunshot wounds. The male victim was identified as 28-year-old Phineas Rufus Neville of Lynchburg. Neville was transported from the scene to the Lynchburg General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
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