PADUCAH (WQRL/WISH/WMCL) – A months-long investigation has led to a murder charge against a Williamson County woman who initially claimed her boyfriend died after falling down a flight of steps.
The Paducah Police Department said 22-year-old Aaryan Kelley of Carterville has been arrested on a warrant charging her with murder/domestic violence.
According to a Paducah Police press release, police were called at 8:24 a.m. on March 14 of last year to an apartment in the 200 block of Berger Road in reference to an unresponsive man.
Thirty-eight-year-old Jarvis Plato was pronounced dead at the scene. His live-in girlfriend was Kelley, who told police Plato had fallen down a flight of stairs earlier that morning. However, police noticed signs of a struggle or altercation in the apartment, and said Plato had fresh injuries to his face not consistent with a fall.
Police said throughout the investigation, Kelley changed her story about the incident several times.
Paducah Police detectives, McCracken County Coroner Amanda Melton and the medical examiners’ offices in Madisonville and Louisville continued to investigate. Additional autopsy results received by the Regional Crime Laboratory confirmed the manner of death to be homicide.
A warrant charging Kelley with murder/domestic violence was obtained Wednesday and Breakfield traveled to Illinois to arrest Kelley, who now is living in Herrin. She was located and arrested as she arrived for work Wednesday afternoon in Carterville.
Kelley was booked into the Williamson County jail, awaiting extradition to Kentucky.
The Paducah Police Department thanked the McCracken County Coroner’s office, the state medical examiners’ offices, and the Carterville and Crainville, IL police departments for their assistance.