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Charges dropped against man in New Year's Day homicide

The charges against Stephen Lovingood were dismissed without prejudice and he was released from custody around 1 a.m. Jan. 15., according to Attorney Keith Kamenish.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Charges have been dropped against a man charged in connection to the murder of a Shively woman on New Year's Day.

The charges against Stephen Lovingood were dismissed without prejudice and he was released from custody around 1 a.m. Jan. 15., according to Attorney Keith Kamenish who represents Lovingood.

"It looks like he was innocent of his charges. LMPD is searching other avenues," Kamenish told WHAS11.

According to court documents, a man originally believed to be Lovingood and another man unlawfully entered Jennifer Whittaker's home in the 3400 block Dixie Highway, woke her up and shot her several times.

Police said there was another person in the home who the suspects attempted to shoot, but the gun did not fire. The suspects then left the home and police were called.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, Shively officers found Whittaker dead at the scene.

Josh Abner with the county attorney's office said "additional investigation is needed and ongoing in this case." Abner also said the warrant was rescinded for the other man originally believed to be involved in this case.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call police.

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