Police recovered a missing pearl necklace when they charged a man in the beating death of a 74-year-old Lexington Navy veteran for whom the suspect had done some work, according to a detective's testimony Wednesday.
Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell ruled during a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning that there was sufficient evidence against Henry Stacy to refer charges of robbery and murder to a grand jury, which will decide whether those charges stand.
Stacy also is charged with tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of Tom Rogers, who was attacked at his Tishoff Drive home on Nov. 8. Stacy is accused of washing his hands at a sink at the house, where a knife was found, police detective Reed Bowles said.
Several members of Rogers' family were in the courtroom Wednesday as Bowles testified that Stacy knew Tom Rogers because he had done work around the victim's home.
After arresting Stacy, police recovered a pearl necklace that had been missing from Rogers' home, Bowles testified. Other items, including coins and a .357 caliber Derringer pistol, were taken from the Rogers' home, Bowles said.
Stacy was arrested late last week in Manchester after police circulated a composite drawing of a man witnesses saw near Tishoff Drive on the day of the killing.
Several people told police that the drawing looked like Stacy, Bowles testified.
Stacy told police he wasn't involved in the killing, Bowles said. But Stacy had told an acquaintance that he had robbed and killed a man in Lexington, the detective said.
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