Homeless man's murder case waived to grand jury

psullivan@herald-leader.comApril 16, 2010 

A Fayette County grand jury will review the case of a homeless man charged with killing another drifter.

Timothy Scott Meskimen's case was waived to the grand jury Friday during a preliminary hearing in district court.

On April 3, Meskimen, 38, was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence after police discovered the body of 50-year-old Edgar Hurst body concealed beneath trees and brush along North Broadway, near Interstate 75.

Investigators say Hurst was a transient and split time between Cincinnati and Lexington, where his mother lives.

Meskimen was listed as unemployed with a general delivery address and no phone number, although he frequently hung around hotels near the interstate, according to police reports.

Meskimen, who was born in Birmingham, Ala., and was sometimes known by the alias "Alabama," has accrued a lengthy rap sheet in Lexington since 2007 but none of the charges involved violent crimes, according to court records.

The grand jury has 60 days to decide to send the case trial.

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