Lexington police are investigating a 'brutal murder,' coroner says

Coroner calls killing brutal; it's Lexington's 9th this year and 3rd in a week

jhewlett@herald-leader.comMay 6, 2011 

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn, called to 1282 Centre Parkway on Thursday, described the scene inside the duplex as a "brutal homicide."

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A 57-year-old Lexington man was found dead inside his home at 1282 Centre Parkway on Thursday, the victim of what Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn described as a "brutal murder."

Authorities were called to the scene about lunchtime and spent most of the day gathering evidence there. The man's body was not brought out of the duplex until late afternoon.

The man had been dead for several days, and he was found by a neighbor, Ginn said.

Officials have not released the man's name, but friends identified him as Dennis Michael Kelly and said he had lived in the duplex for about three months.

"My roommate found him," said Antwon Faulkner, who lives in the other side of the duplex. "We hadn't seen him for about a week." Faulkner said his roommate checked on Kelly and found the door open and the body inside.

Dorothy Clark, who said she knew the victim for about three years, said Kelly did painting work for her at apartments.

She said that recently a man robbed Kelly at his home. Kelly had just been to a nearby grocery to cash his disability check when the robbery occurred, she said. Kelly stayed with Clark and her husband that night, she said.

Dillon Reynolds, who said he lives in the area and was a friend of Kelly's, said Kelly had moved only a few belongings to the duplex, mainly a bed and some clothing.

Faulkner said Kelly had no electricity in his home and would come to his side of the duplex to prepare meals. Faulkner's children played with Kelly's cat. Authorities took the cat to the Lexington Humane Society on Thursday, he said.

Ginn said the body would be sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

This is the third homicide in Lexington within the last week and the ninth this year. The others:

 Early Sunday, Brian Edward Carr, 19, was shot outside a bar on East Main Street. Dozens of potential witnesses ran when they heard gunfire. Police had not made any arrests by Thursday.

 On April 29, Anthony D. Lewis, 24, was found shot multiple times outside at the BrandyWine Apartment Homes. He died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. There have been no arrests yet.

 On April 17, UK truck driver Mike D. Rieder was charged with murder in the death of James R. Muzic, 29. Rieder and Muzic had met at the Office Lounge bar on Eastland Parkway, and Rieder offered Muzic a ride home. The two got in an argument that resulted in Rieder pulling Muzic out of the car and shooting him, police have said.

 On April 4, Micole Dent, 32, was shot in the parking lot of This Is It sports bar at 2473 Fortune Drive. Police said two masked men ran up and shot Dent as he was standing in the parking lot talking to friends.

 In March, John D. Cherry Jr., 29, was charged with murder in the death of cab driver Amine Lemghaili, 28. Police have said Lemghaili gave Cherry a ride to a friend's home on Hedgewood Court. Cherry, who was intoxicated, shot Lemghaili and got out of the cab without paying, police said.

 In January, Donald Adams Sr., his son, Donald "Rocky" Adams Jr., and their friend Ronnie Sparks were found shot to death in their Shaker Run Road home. The Adams' former neighbor and friend Willie Blancet Sr. was charged with three counts of murder.

Three homicides occurred in Lexington from January through April of last year.

Staff writer Josh Kegley contributed to this story. Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.

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