The third person arrested in connection with the murder of a Lexington grandmother allegedly helped hide evidence of the crime in rural Jessamine County, according to court documents.
David Lewis, 28, was charged Wednesday with burglary and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the murder of Marilyn Hegge.
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Lewis pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment Thursday afternoon in Fayette District Court. He was appointed a public defender.
Hegge was found on Nov. 30, her 78th birthday, in her Red River Drive home bludgeoned to death in her bed.
Authorities later said she died from blunt-force trauma.
Police say David Lewis's brother, Dominique Lewis, has confessed to Hegge's murder. Investigators think Dominique Lewis conspired with Heather McGlothen, Hegge's granddaughter and his girlfriend, to kill Hegge.
Based on interviews with McGlothen and Dominique Lewis, police say David Lewis was in Marilyn Hegge's residence with his brother, according to court documents.
He was in the house when McGlothen allegedly killed Hegge, but there is no evidence that he knew that was going to happen, Lexington Police Lt. James Curless said.
The brothers allegedly took Hegge's purse, then went to David Lewis' apartment where Dominique Lewis removed his clothing and stuffed it in a trash bag along with the purse and murder weapon.
Then, McGlothen drove David Lewis to rural Jessamine County, where he buried the evidence, according to court records.
McGlothen, Dominique Lewis and David Lewis all declined interview requests at the jail, according to a Fayette County Detention Center spokesman.
All three defendants are expected in court again at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 15.