Lexington man pleads not guilty in charge related to homicide

kward1@herald-leader.comFebruary 4, 2013 

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he was complicit in the shooting death of Joseph Randolph, the city's first homicide of the year.

Allen Charles Burgess, 19, was charged last week with complicity to commit murder.

Randolph, 48, had been shot multiple times when he was found at his home at 186 Simpson Avenue on Jan. 5, police have said.

He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died in the emergency room, the Fayette County coroner's office has said.

Quante Jarod Johnson, 18, was arrested and charged Jan. 16 with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Burgess and Randolph apparently did not know each other. The police citation lists the victim's relationship to the offender as "stranger."

When he was charged in the Randolph case, Burgess already was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center on charges unrelated to the homicide.

He was arrested Jan. 8 in the gym at Winburn Middle School. He had a gun and a gram of cocaine, according to a police citation filed in Fayette District Court.

An officer said Burgess was seen driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. He was found in the school gym with 1 gram of cocaine in his right front pocket. He also had a .38 caliber Bersa handgun, according to the citation.

After his arrest, Burgess told the officer "he had left some marijuana in the gym," according to a police citation. The officer found what was thought to be two grams of marijuana.

Burgess faces charges of receiving stolen property, cocaine possession, having a weapon on school property, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of marijuana in that incident.

A preliminary hearing for Burgess is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday on the complicity to murder charge.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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