Still reportedly nobody in custody for apparent murder of ex-Autograph drummer Keni Richards
Back on April 11, 2017, Sleaze Roxx was the first online news publication to announce that former Autograph drummer Keni Richards had unfortunately passed away. In an interview with Shockwave Magazine later that month at the M3 Rock Festival, Autograph guitarist Steve Lynch revealed that there was a homicide investigation pending with respect to Richards‘ death.
Richards‘ friend Matt Wilkinson was the first person to discover the drummer’s dead body on April 8, 2017. Wilkinson provided details to Sleaze Roxx of what he encountered that night including the following:
“The 911 operator told me to search the house for a weapon. The first deputy to arrive made it to the scene in record time. Without ever separating me and my two friends, the deputy questioned us slightly, did gun residue tests, and let us leave without ever talking to a detective. The police then began to search the very dark yard with flashlights. The deputy kept accusing me of picking up meth from Keni until the other officers said they knew me and I didn’t use meth. I don’t use anything but pot. I don’t even drink. That is when the deputy’s focus turned. He let us go. I know they haven’t found Keni‘s killer yet. Every time I ask our local radio station KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley [in California, USA], they keep telling me it was suicide. It can’t be a suicide if there is no weapon. Keni is better than that. He was a great friend and would give you the shirt off his back. I hope that my speaking out will help to catch his killer.”
Wilkinson has now informed Sleaze Roxx that he was contacted a few days ago by homicide detectives who confirmed that they do not have anyone in custody in regards to Richards‘ death.