UPDATE: Suspect wanted for murder of brother-in-law in custody


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man wanted for murder has turned himself in.

Lexington Police say 45-year-old Willow Bruce Cherry was taken into custody Thursday morning at the Fayette County Detention Center.

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Police began searching for Cherry after a grand jury indicted him for the murder of his brother-in-law, 35-year-old Peter Lian.

Lian was reported missing from N. Mount Tabor Road on February 19, 2018 after an altercation with Cherry, according to police.

Court documents say Lian’s wife told police the last time she saw her husband was in the bedroom of their apartment and her brother, Cherry, was on top of him, beating him.

She told police she became scared and left with her child. When she returned, she said she heard her husband groaning and calling for help in a locked bedroom. According to documents, Cherry and his wife told her not to call 911.

She said she was too scared to question them and went to sleep in her daughter’s room. She woke up the next day, looked in the room where he husband had been and said she saw blood on the carpet.

She left the apartment with her child and, when she didn’t hear from Lian all weekend, she called police.

During that weekend, a relative of Cherry’s saw him in Lian’s Ford Explorer and Cherry asked the relative to help clean blood from the vehicle, according to court documents.

The relative also noticed Cherry had Lian’s cell phone and took it from him, according to police.

Investigators later located Lian’s vehicle and said a large amount of blood was found in a storage unit in the back of the Explorer.

Lian’s body has not been found.