Man admitted to killing his girlfriend who was found in a bag at apartment building, records show

meads@herald-leader.comJuly 9, 2013 

Chico Duwan Rucker is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

A Lexington man admitted to killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in a bag outside of apartment buildings on Marietta Drive where they lived, court records showed Tuesday.

Chico Duwan Rucker, 38, was charged Monday with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Elmia Farris, 32. An apartment manager found a bag containing Farris Sunday's body on the 1800 block of Marietta Drive, off Anniston Drive in eastern Lexington.

Rucker killed Farris on June 28 about 11 p.m., according to the court records.

The coroner would not release details about the cause of death Tuesday.

The apartments' manager was working behind the building about 4:30 p.m. when he "located a bag that had a very foul smell," police Lt. Eddie Hart said previously.

Rucker lived with the woman, according to police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. The coroner's office listed Farris' address as 1838 Marietta Drive. Court records said Rucker's address was 1826 Marietta Drive.

After finding the body, detectives "had a hunch" they knew who the woman was, according to Roberts. A woman who lived in the apartment complex was missing, Roberts said. Police then talked to Rucker about her whereabouts.

Rucker had outstanding warrants in Jefferson County, so police arrested him, Roberts said Monday. During the interview, detectives got enough information to make an arrest.

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