Second man charged in fatal shooting outside Lexington nursing home

gkocher1@herald-leader.comDecember 13, 2012 

A Lexington man was arrested Wednesday and charged in the fatal shooting of another man, according to court records.

Delvegio Christopher Lax, 29, was charged with criminal facilitation to murder. (Other court records spell Lax's first name as Delvagio.)

Lax was arrested at a state probation and parole office in downtown Lexington, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Lax is the second person charged in connection with the Oct. 2 shooting death of Anthoney Carol Beaumont, 31. Beaumont was shot in the parking lot of Northpoint/Lexington Health Care Center on Trent Boulevard.

Maurice Ward, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in Beaumont's death.

The court records say Lax "knowingly provided a co-defendant with the means and opportunity to commit murder. Additionally, the suspect provided transportation to co-defendant in leaving the scene of the murder."

Beaumont was fighting with Aaron Denard "Nardy" Dudley in the nursing home parking lot when Ward shot Beaumont, Lexington police Detective Steve McCown testified during a Nov. 5 preliminary hearing.

Beaumont had learned of some text messages and cellphone calls between Dudley and Beaumont's wife, Brandis, who was employed by the nursing home.

Brandis Beaumont had told her husband that nothing was going on between her and Dudley, but Anthoney Beaumont didn't believe her, McCown testified at the preliminary hearing. Brandis Beaumont said she had been in contact with Dudley only to console him about the recent death of his mother, McCown testified.

Lax was not in custody at the time of the preliminary hearing because police thought he had fled to Memphis, McCown had testified.

Lax, who goes by the nicknames "Fox" and "Memphis," pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon at a video arraignment. Fayette District Judge Kim Wilkie reduced Lax's full cash bond from $250,000 to $100,000.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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