UPDATE (3/21/17): Joseph Tyler Kimsey was found guilty on all counts in the June 2015 murder of Ashley Melnyczok. He has been sentenced to life without parole, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
UPDATE (2/14/17): Jonathan Paul Nelson has been convicted of all counts – except accessory – in the June 2015 murder of Ashley Melnyczok. He has been sentenced to life without parole, plus 15 years, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who was spotted driving a homicide victim’s SUV in June is now charged with murder for her death.
Joseph Tyler Kimsey, 22, was arrested in Cañon City June 30. At the time, he was driving an SUV that was stolen from 27-year-old Ashley Melnyczok, who was found stabbed to death in a northeastern Colorado Springs apartment June 3. Kimsey was wanted in El Paso County for failure to appear on numerous crimes, including fraud, vehicle theft, dangerous drugs, and several traffic violations. He was not charged in connection with the motor vehicle theft.
Jonathan Nelson, 27, of Colorado Springs, was arrested June 3 and charged with second-degree murder for Melnyczok’s death. As police continued their investigation, they learned that a second suspect had participated in the murder. They identified the suspect as Kimsey.
Kimsey, who was already in jail for the previous warrants, is now charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.