A man accused of hitting his girlfriend's brother with a vehicle during an altercation in Richmond last weekend has been charged with murder after the victim died, Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said Thursday.
Jeremy Dean Rice, 21, initially was charged with assaulting Joshua Childers, 22, of Lexington.
Childers died Monday night at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, and Brock said the charge was upgraded to murder Thursday.
The cause of death has not been released, pending autopsy results.
The assault charge against Rice stands, although that could change when the case reaches a Madison County grand jury, Assistant Police Chief Robert Mott said.
Brock said a murder warrant was served on Rice on Thursday at the Madison County jail, where he has been in custody since his arrest Saturday night.
The charge stems from an altercation between Childers and Rice about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on Evansdale Avenue in Richmond.
Police said Rice and his girlfriend, who is Childers' sister, argued.
Childers intervened when Rice allegedly shoved Childers' sister, police said. The two men scuffled.
Rice got into a vehicle and drove away, striking Childers in the process, police said. Officers arrested Rice later that night.
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