Jessamine man held in fatal beating


bortiz@herald-leader.comJanuary 19, 2009 

A Jessamine County man was charged Monday with murder and burglary in connection with the beating death of a Carlisle woman who was staying at a relative's farm off Paris Pike in Lexington.

Gary T. Stone, 31, was charged Monday with murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. He was being held in the Jessamine County jail.

Stone was arrested Saturday morning in Jessamine County on an unrelated arrest warrant. Lexington police obtained a murder warrant on Monday.

Stone is accused of fatally beating Pauline Mastin, 43, who was staying at a relatives home at 567 Muir Station Road, the location of Fair Trial Farm.

Lt. James Curless said a security guard at a neighboring farm saw a vehicle leaving Fair Trial Farm some time after 4:30 a.m. Since it's odd for a vehicle to be out at that hour, the guard wrote down a description of the vehicle and its license plate number.

"It gave us a significant investigative lead," Curless said.

Curless said the suspect broke into the home and assaulted Mastin and her brother, farm manager Bart Mastin.

Bart Mastin was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital with serious but not life- threatening injuries.

Curless called Pauline Mastin "a truly innocent victim."

Reach Brandon Ortiz at (859) 231-1443 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1443.

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