A Jessamine County man was charged with murder after an altercation turned lethal early Friday in Jessamine County near the Fayette County line.
Deputies were called about 6:45 a.m. Friday after witnesses and neighbors reported a fight at 378 Hartley Drive off Tates Creek Road, Jessamine County Chief Deputy Allen Peel said.
Deputies found a 43-year-old man lying dead outside, and Thomas W. Carson, 48, was charged with murder shortly after he was questioned, Peel said. Carson owned the house where the killing occurred.
The sheriff's department did not release the victim's name pending family notification, but a relative said his name was Shane Washington. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
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Washington's daughter, Angel Cox, 15, said she was at a friend's house when her grandmother called with the news that someone had killed her father.
"It's just not right for somebody to do that," Angel said. She and her father had recently attended a family reunion. "Everybody got to see him. Everybody was having such a good day, and then a couple of days later, we find out that somebody killed our daddy."
"He was so sweet to us whenever he was home," Angel said. "He tried his best to help the family as much as he could."
Angel last saw her father when he talked to her grandmother about borrowing her car to go to work. Angel said she and her father said they loved each other before he left.
"I never thought that ... would be the last time I said goodbye to him," Angel said.
Neighbors said Carson had had previous altercations, and Jessamine County court records confirm that.
In June 2013, Carson pleaded guilty to third-degree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor for which he was fined $100. A uniform citation of the June 10, 2013, incident said that Carson was screaming threats across the street to a neighbor. The threats included Carson yelling, "Bang-bang-bang! That's what you are going to get."
A deputy sheriff who responded to the scene said Carson had a large knife in his hand, but Carson dropped it when the deputy ordered him to do so.
Also in June 2013, Carson filed a complaint of third-degree terroristic threatening against the neighbor involved in that incident, but that charge was dismissed in district court. Carson had alleged that the neighbor had threatened "to beat my brains out."
Also in June 2013, Carson had filed a complaint against another neighbor. In that complaint, Carson alleged that Lisa J. Rogers, 33, "came on my property with another man and threatened to 'beat my brains in.'" Later that month, Carson alleged that the neighbor Rogers had tried to hit him with a "pink ball bat."
"I am constantly being harassed and stalked," Carson had written in that complaint.
Rogers pleaded guilty in July 2013 to third-degree terroristic threatening and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, according to court records.