Friday, July 06, 2001

Man accused of killing woman met on Internet




By Joshua Hammann
The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Police charged a man Thursday with killing a woman he met over the Internet, apparently using a public-library computer.

        “He was going to the library and using the Internet to communicate with her and she had a computer,” Louisville police Capt. Steve Thompson said.

        The body of Stacy Flowers Dodson, 25, of Glasgow, was found Sunday near riding stables at Louisville's Iroquois Park.

        On Thursday, police arrested Michael Anthony Holloway — also known as Michael A. Lockhart — and charged him with murder and kidnapping. He was also charged with robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

        Capt. Thompson said police have seized Ms. Dodson's home computer.

        “She got an e-mail apparently this weekend,” Ms. Dodson's sister, Amy Flowers, told WBKO-TV in Bowling Green. “She was going up there to go to the movies. She was coming home Sunday morning.”

        Ms. Flowers said she talked to her sister a few hours before she left for Louisville and tried paging her all day Sunday.

        “When they heard the news about the body, everyone pretty much knew it was her,” Ms. Dodson's father, Phillip Flowers, told the Glasgow Daily Times.

        Mr. Flowers said his daughter and Mr. Holloway met on the Internet in October 1999.

        “My daughter had to have felt comfortable or she wouldn't have went,” he said.

        Ms. Dodson had been living with her mother, Shirley Napier, for the past two years. Ms. Napier said she knew her daughter talked frequently with people on the Internet but that she didn't know who they were.

        Mr. Holloway was on probation for a theft conviction and faced a warrant for auto theft when he was arrested Thursday.

        Louisville police said Mr. Holloway had been using a computer at the main Louisville Free Public Library downtown.

        Craig Buthod, the library's director, said the library does not monitor text or e-mail messages sent by users at the library.

        “Deciding what people can and can't say on the computers would be like listening to their conversations on the pay phones in the lobby,” Mr. Buthod said.

       



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