Women charged in missing man’s death

Kendra Ivey
Kendra Ivey, 24, is accused of luring a Rockwood man to rural Knox County location so that her boyfriend, Charlie Richard Martinez, could rob him. The victim, Victor “Danny” Letner, was shot and killed. Ivey and Martinez allegedly got $20 each from Letner’s wallet. Ivey is being held on a charge of felony murder. Her bond has been set at $1 million.

The body of a 33-year-old Rockwood man who was reported missing last week has been found and two women have been arrested in connection with his death, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Victor Letner’s body was found just after noon Wednesday on Kodak Road by investigators from the Major Crimes Unit, said KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn in a written press release.

Letner, who was reported missing Feb. 9, had apparently died from a gunshot wound, Glenn said.

Kendra Ivey, 21, has been charged with felony murder and has been jailed in lieu of $1 million bond, Glenn said

Diana Jeanty, 46, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence. Her bond was set at $20,000.

The circumstances of the alleged homicide weren’t made public. It also wasn’t clear how the investigators found Letner’s body or what the alleged motive was. 

Glenn said the investigation is ongoing and more information “will be forthcoming.”

A surge in gun-related violence this year has led to a dozen homicides within the city limits. This is the second slaying in the unincorporated and largely rural areas patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office in the same period. \

Published February 19, 2021