FLEMINGSBURG -- Three people have been arrested in a six-year-old double murder investigation in Fleming County, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.
Arrested for the May 6, 2005, murders of Donald Walker and Marlane Mauk were 33-year-old Jason S. Jackson, 36-year-old Rodney "Dewayne" Dotson and 43-year-old Rodney C. Fairchild. The men were arrested in Greene County, Ohio, after a joint investigation with the Fleming County Sheriff's Office, the Greene County Sheriff's Department, the Xenia Police Department and the West Carrolton Police Department, according to KSP.
The three men were arrested without incident and lodged in the Greene County and Montgomery County detention centers in Ohio. Each man has been charged with murder for the shooting deaths of Walker and Mauk. The KSP press release did not indicate how the men knew the couple.
Jackson was also charged with first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence for his role in the deaths, according to KSP.
Police have said previously that drugs and theft may have been motives in the murders, with Walker known to have had several thousand dollars on him just before the murder occurred. Mauk was largely believed to have been in the "wrong place at the wrong time," according to police.
Mauk and Walker were shot at close range by a handgun, their bodies discovered in separate rooms of their mobile home residence on Routt Road near Goddard Bridge, according to police.
The bodies were found by Eulis Adams, a man hired to do some work on the home. Police had previously released three names of "persons of interest" in the case, though none of those men were among the three ultimately arrested for murder.
According to KSP, the case remains under investigation and additional charges may be brought pending the submission of the case to a Fleming County grand jury.
The Walker-Mauk case is the first to be solved that is part of the Kentucky Unsolved Cases Playing Card Initiative. Each of the cards in the deck featured cases that were unsolved. The Walker-Mauk case was featured as the nine of hearts in the deck, which was distributed late last year and early this year, according to KSP.
The cards were not the only initiative taken in an attempt to garner information about the case. Mauk's mother, Dawn Mauk, worked tirelessly in the years after the murders to keep the case n the spotlight, always hoping for a resolution. Dawn Mauk worked with former Fleming County Sheriff Jerry Wagner to raise a reward for information that led to an arrest, with the reward advertised on a billboard that pictured Marlane Mauk and her young son, Ryan, with the phrase "Who killed my mommy?"
Fleming County Sheriff said although the investigation of the murders built slowly, for this case patience paid off.
"It's a relief," he said. "It's an old case."