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Second suspect arrested in Unseld murder case

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By Forrest Berkshire, Editor

 Bardstown Police made a second arrest Tuesday in an unsolved murder case that had seemingly languished for three years until a flurry of activity in the past five days.

Evan James Lyons, 25, was arrested just hours after his alleged co-conspirator was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in the June 3, 2016, murder of Michael Wayne Unseld above the Broken Tee Nite Club.

Lyons was arrested in the 600 block of Pulliam Avenue in Bardstown and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

In the post-arrest complaint Bardstown Detective Lynn Davis wrote “detectives received information from eye witness that (Lyons) acted with Zachery Tate in the murder.”

Lyons was arrested around 3:30 in the afternoon, less than two hours after Tate pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on a murder charge. Tate was arrested Friday by Bardstown police and had been held in the Nelson County Jail. Nelson District Judge Jack Kelley Tuesday set Tate’s bond at $1 million cash or property.

Lyons was arrested on a warrant for absconding from a Campbellsville addiction treatment facility that he walked out of Aug. 12 after refusing a drug test, according to a violation of supervision report filed by the Kentucky Division of Probation and Parole. He was seeking treatment as part of a plea agreement to avoid a five-year prison sentence on a conviction of auto theft, fleeing police and wanton endangerment of a police officer, among other charges.

When police located Lyons Tuesday, they also found him in possession of a syringe that he told police contained meth, according to a second arrest citation. He was also charged with first-degree drug possession and paraphernalia.