Garrard County woman arrested in 2009 beating death of Lexington bar owner


Rachel Martin is booked in the Lincoln County Detention Center

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Detectives in the Lexington Police Department’s Cold Case Unit have arrested a woman connected to a Lexington murder case that had gone cold for more than a decade.

34-year old Rachel Martin, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2009 murder of Charlie Sowers. Sowers owned and operated Charlie’s Bar on Bryan Station.

Lexington police say Garrard County police helped with Martin’s arrest.

On Friday, Sowers’ daughter, Sharon McKinney told FOX 56’s Kristen Pflum she’s feeling blessed.

“Tomorrow is dad’s birthday,” McKinney said. “I told (the detective) Rob when we talked the last time, I said if we can get it, great. If not, I’m done. My heart can’t take no more. But I said ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have it solved by his birthday?’  I told you in our last interview, just once I’ve waited to say, dad it’s done.  And we got it in before his birthday, so I’m extremely happy and blessed.”

Eleven and a half years after the crime, detectives arrested Martin. She was booked into the Lincoln County Regional Jail and will be extradited to Lexington. Police did not say when.

McKinney says she suspected Martin was involved early on.

Lexington Police say they may make additional arrests.

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