A man and woman accused in the slaying of the woman's grandmother first lied to police about their involvement, but they later confessed, a Lexington police detective testified Monday.
Dominique D. Lewis, 26, and girlfriend Heather R. McGlothen, 22, also implicated each other during follow-up interviews, Detective Steve McCown said during a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court. Lewis and McGlothen are charged with murder, burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card and tampering with evidence.
Marilyn Hegge was found on Nov. 30, her 78th birthday, in her home on Red River Drive, off Man o' War Boulevard. She had been bludgeoned to death in her bed.
McGlothen was not inside the home when Hegge was killed, but she did help plan it, McCown said. McGlothen later took police to Jessamine County and showed them where some of the evidence was buried in plastic bags, McCown said.
He also said McGlothen admitted to charging $135 on Hegge's credit card at the Nicholasville Road Wal-Mart after her grandmother was killed.
A third suspect, Lewis' brother David W. Lewis, 28, is charged with burglary and evidence tampering.
David Lewis was in the house, but police do not have evidence that he was in on the slaying before it happened, police earlier said.
"Their intentions were to go over there and murder Ms. Hegge," McCown said, but he did not expand on the trio's motive during the hearing.
Another family member previously told the Herald-Leader that McGlothen was living with her grandmother and that the two had been feuding for months.
Dominique Lewis and McGlothen denied any knowledge of the slaying when police first asked them about it. A week later, McGlothen made statements implicating Lewis. Then, Lewis gave a statement implicating her, McCown said.
A Fayette District judge ruled that there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury to consider indictments.
Family for the Lewis brothers and McGlothen declined to comment after the hearing.