Lexington police have information but no suspect in beating death of 87-year-old man

jwarrdn@herald-leader.comJuly 15, 2014 

Lexington police said Tuesday that they have no suspect and no motive yet in the beating death of an 87-year-old Lexington man last weekend.

Nevertheless, they said they think the victim, John Tully, might have known his assailant.

"We don't believe it was random," police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Tuesday.

Roberts said there is no indication that Tully was robbed, and no motive in the case has been established.

"No money or items were taken as far as we could determine," she said. "There is nothing to point to a robbery situation as far as we can tell."

Tully was found about 5:30 p.m. Friday in a breezeway at the Old Farm Apartments on Appian Way, where he lived. Another resident at the apartment complex found him, police said.

Tully was rushed to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died Sunday morning of blunt-force trauma, officials said.

He is Lexington's 12th homicide victim of 2014.

Tully had been beaten in the head and upper torso, Roberts said.

She said police aren't releasing any information about what object was used in Tully's beating.

"We are trying to corroborate some of the information we have gathered, which could help us develop a suspect," she said. "We have quite a bit of information, which is good. But we need to solidify that information so that we have a clear direction."

Some witnesses have told police that they saw a man leaving the apartment complex area on a purple and orange mountain bike shortly after Tully was found Friday.

Roberts said that person was described as white, in his 20s or 30s, either bald or with very short hair, and wearing jeans and a dark shirt and perhaps carrying a backpack.

Roberts said anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at (859) 258-3600.

The funeral arrangements for Tully are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Milward Funeral Directors on Southland Drive, according to an obituary. Relatives have requested that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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