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Louisville man arrested and charged in connection with death of former Middlesboro woman

Updated: Mar 5, 2020


William L. Sloss - LMC

Louisville Metro Police Department has a suspect in custody in regard to the death of a former Middlesboro woman found in the basement of a Parkland Kentucky home.

According to police, on Friday January 31, 2020 officers responded to a report of the deceased woman, identified as 33 year old Amanda Berry, in the 3200 block of Virginia Avenue.

It was reported by several media outlets in the area that Berry had unknown injuries, and her cause of death has yet to be released.

On Thursday February 7, 2020, LMPD officers arrested 38 year old William L. Sloss in connection with the death of Berry charging him with murder, domestic violence, and abuse of a corpse.

Amanda Berry

WRIL was contacted by several friends of Ms. Berry's that shared social media posts connecting Berry and Sloss in early 2019, but that they parted ways closer to the end of the year. While LMPD stated in a previous release that Berry had been deceased for some time prior to to the discovery, records show she was still alive as of late December 2019.

William L. Sloss is being held in Metro Corrections.

Amanda Berry was laid to rest Wednesday February 5, 2020 in Middlesboro.

WDRB also reports on Friday February 7, 2020:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man accused of killing a 33-year-old Louisville woman, then stuffing her body in a plastic storage container in a Parkland neighborhood basement caused a brief disturbance in court Friday morning.

William L. Sloss, 38, had to be restrained by four men as he was brought before a Louisville District Judge Friday morning. 

"Alright Mr. Sloss, you are here on murder, domestic violence and abuse of a corpse," said Jefferson District Judge Sara Nicholson.

"[EXPLETIVE] you! [EXPLETIVE] you!" Sloss said, sticking his tongue out at one point. "Whatever, you lying [EXPLETIVE]!" 

"We're going to enter a plea of not guilty..." Judge Nicholson continued.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," Sloss continued. "Whatever. That's fine."

At one point, Sloss complained that the officers restraining him were holding him too tight.

"[EXPLETIVE] this [EXPLETIVE]!" he shouted. "I didn't do nothing!"

When a representative of the Jefferson County Attorney's Office requested that Sloss' bond be increased to $1 million, the Judge Nicholson agreed.

"Yes, given his lengthy record of violent offenses, we will increase the bond to $1 million," she said. "Mr. Sloss, are you going to hire an attorney or are you requesting ... public defender's office?"

Sloss responded by mumbling an expletive.

"Are you working sir?" Judge Nicholson asked. "Mr. Sloss?"

Sloss remained silent as the judge continued: "We'll appoint the public defender's office to represent you at this time. Sloss was then escorted out of the chamber.

Sloss was arrested on Thursday on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 33-year-old Amanda Berry. According to an arrest report, the murder took place on Jan. 30. Police say Sloss and Berry were in a relationship, and were living in the Virginia Avenue home where her body was found. Neighbors allegedly told police that they had seen Sloss beat Berry on several occasions throughout the course of their relationship, and when the neighbors stopped seeing Berry, they started asking questions.

Police said on one occasion, someone asked Sloss where Berry was, and he replied, "I got rid of her."

Berry's family eventually reported her missing, and police went to his Virginia Avenue home. Police say Sloss eventually told a witness over the phone that he put her body in a plastic storage tote in the back of the basement and covered it with trash and other debris in an effort to hide it. Police found her body in the place Sloss described, according to the arrest report.

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