Are we looking at James Duckett's killer?

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By Lisa King

Photos from a video surveillance camera show a person police believe may have been involved in the murder of James Duckett.

Duckett was found Nov. 10 at his home on Rockbridge Road, where he had been bound and killed execution style in the prior days.

Kentucky State Police Detective Mitch Harris released Tuesday the images from a camera on the ATM at the Fifth-Third Bank on Taylorsville Road in Shelbyville.

They show a person, perceived to be male, wearing a flannel shirt and a stocking cap, with a decal on the side of it, using Duckett's ATM card to withdraw cash from his account. The person’s face is obscured by some sort of mask.

The ATM time-stamped the photo between 3 a.m. and 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 9, the day before Duckett's body was discovered.

The suspect is also driving Duckett’s gray 2004 Dodge pickup truck, which was found abandoned a short distance from the bank around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.

Police had said then they thought the murderer stole that truck, too.

Harris said that he doesn't know if the individual responsible for the crime is still in this area. “We are continuing to look into that,” he said.

Harris also said he does not know if the individual is armed but that people should assume so and should not approach him. “Any individual involved in a murder as brutal as this should be considered a dangerous person,” he said.

He cautions anyone who thinks they recognize this person not to approach him but to call KSP at 502-227-2221. He reminds the public that these images were taken on a Sunday morning, the first day of deer season in Kentucky, which could help spark a memory.

 “Any kind of information, no matter how minute, is vitally important,” he said.

Duckett’s murder has left his family and neighbors frantic for information, and law enforcement officials, who had released precious little information, have been under fire as well from citizens and government leaders.

“People are still nervous because there's such a cold-blooded killer on the loose, but we have been reassuring them that we are doing everything humanly possibly to apprehend him,” Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said on Tuesday.

 “They [KSP] have a lead, but we can't comment on that. We are just in an assistance mode for them. But we want to reassure the public that we are continuing to work on it.”

Rice and other detectives and deputies have been stepping up patrols in the area of the murder as well as visiting with residents, both to reassure them and to see if anyone could provide any useful information about the crime.

Since Duckett's body was discovered, both his family and KSP have conducted press conferences to beseech anymore who has any information to come forward. On Nov. 17, KSP offered a reward for information leading to the apprehension of the killer. Harris said that reward is still in place, but would not comment on how much it is.

On Nov. 26, Rebecca Cecil and Catherine Nichols, Duckett's sisters, gave an emotional press conference in which they pleaded with the public to help them find their brother's killer.

Police still have not commented on a possible motive for the crime, but family members have said they couldn’t imagine him having enemies.