Murder suspect sold truck to salvage yard to avoid detection, authorities say

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comNovember 15, 2013 

Henry Stacy of Lexington was arrested in the death of Tom Rogers.

The suspect in the slaying of a 74-year-old veteran in Lexington knew police would be looking for his pickup truck so he sold it to a salvage yard, court documents allege.

A criminal complaint against Henry Stacy, who was arrested Thursday in Manchester, said Stacy assaulted Tom Rogers with various objects, causing his death, Nov. 8 before he walked through Rogers' home on Tishoff Drive and stole jewelry, cash and an unidentified weapon.

Rogers was alone when he was attacked.

His wife found the front door open and Rogers unresponsive — beaten and stabbed — when she returned home after being out for a short time that day. Rogers died after being rushed to a Lexington hospital.

Stacy, 40, of Flat Lick, denied any involvement in Rogers' slaying and said it had been several months since he had been at Rogers' home, the complaint filed in Fayette District Court alleges.

The documents did not say how Stacy knew Rogers, but they alleged that Stacy "unlawfully" entered Rogers' home about 5:45 p.m.

A witness allegedly saw Stacy walk to his truck on a nearby street. A witness also told police that Stacy said "he went into a man's house to rob it and he killed the man," according to the complaint.

Police found jewelry taken from Rogers' home and identified it as jewelry that Stacy had given to a witness. Another witness allegedly saw Stacy with cash and a weapon, which were traded for drugs, the complaint said.

One of the witnesses told police that Stacy knew that police would be looking for his truck, so he sold it to a salvage yard.

Police located the truck Monday, but the salvage yard had already crushed it, the criminal complaint said.

Stacy was charged with murder, first-degree robbery and tampering with evidence. He was being held in the Fayette County jail Thursday night. He is scheduled to appear in Fayette District Court at 1 p.m. Friday.

Stacy was arrested after police released a sketch Monday of a man wanted for questioning in Rogers' death.

Rogers was a native of Louisville. He was a Navy and Naval Reserve veteran.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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