Police make arrest in Lexington shooting

Victim, suspect called 'associates'

jkegley@herald-leader.comSeptember 23, 2010 

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Lexington police arrested a man Wednesday in a weekend shooting in which a young father died and another man was injured.

Darnell Eugene Farrier, 29, was arrested about 1:30 p.m., Lt. James Curless said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Farrier is charged with murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery in the shooting, which occurred Sunday in North Lexington.

Farrier is accused of killing Jerry Wayne Waugh, who died early Monday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Curless said detectives think the shooting was drug-related, but he said he could not comment on specifics because the investigation was ongoing. He said Waugh, Farrier and another shooting victim, Jerrod Vice, were "associates."

"I think they were familiar with each other," he said.

Waugh, 29, and Vice, 27, were shot in the head, police said. Vice was listed in serious condition Wednesday at UK Chandler Hospital.

Curless would not say whether Vice was able to talk to detectives, but he said Vice appeared to be recovering from his injury.

"He is responsive to his treatment. He is moving in the right direction," Curless said.

Waugh and Vice, both of Paris, were found about 5 p.m. Sunday in a car stopped in the middle of the road on Kenton Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. The driver of the car was screaming for help, police said. Residents called 911.

Farrier and Waugh have previous marijuana possession charges in Lexington. In 2009, Farrier paid a $100 fine plus court costs after officers found a bag of marijuana in his pants pocket. Waugh was charged with possession in 1999. He, too, paid a $100 fine.

The possession charge is Farrier's only criminal charge in Lexington. Curless said Farrier has lived out of state, but he declined to say where.

Farrier was found at a home in Lexington where he was known to stay, Curless said. He declined to elaborate.

News of Farrier's arrest came as Waugh's mother, Vickie Waugh, prepared to bury her son.

Since his death, Vickie Waugh said, there has been a stream of people at her house coming to console her and to tell her how much they loved her son.

"I don't even know some of the people," she said. "It just overwhelms me how much my little boy was loved."

Waugh said her son was a passenger in the car, and she doesn't think he chose to be in the neighborhood where he was shot because he moved to Paris from Lexington four years ago to stay "out of trouble."

Waugh said he had been focused on his job — he was a cook at UK Chandler Hospital — and his three children, Daniel Waugh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Kyra and Amari Waugh.

She said her son went to Lexington on Sunday to visit Daniel and had planned to go school shopping for his kids.

"His girlfriend had given him $500 to get his children's clothes, and they stole that from him," she said. "He would have gave it to them."

Curless said he couldn't verify how much money or what items were taken leading up to the robbery charge.

Visitation for Jerry Waugh was Wednesday night. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home in Paris.

Waugh will be buried at Paris Cemetery.

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