NICHOLASVILLE — Shane Washington was bludgeoned with multiple weapons after confronting Thomas Carson about the alleged sexual assault of Washington's fiancée, a Jessamine County sheriff's detective testified Monday.
Carson has admitted to investigators that he killed Washington on July 31 after Washington hit him in the head with a brick, detective Sgt. John Bourne testified during a preliminary hearing.
Jessamine District Judge Bill Oliver found probable cause to send Carson's case to a grand jury for possible indictment.
Washington, 43, was found lying on the ground in Carson's backyard, Bourne testified. Deputies went to Carson's home on Hartley Drive in northeastern Jessamine County after Carson called 911 to report the altercation.
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After he was read his rights, Carson, 48, said he "was sorry he had killed" Washington, Bourne testified.
During cross-examination, public advocate Amanda Mullins asked Bourne whether a "cutting weapon" was used against Washington. Bourne said Carson had used "several different weapons." There were initial reports that an ax was used, but an ax was not mentioned in Monday's testimony.
Carson had a slight bruise in his left eye, and "scars and scuffs" on his hands, Bourne said.
Washington went to Carson's home to confront him about the alleged sexual assault of Washington's fiancée.
"That's nothing he (Carson) has been charged with, right?" Mullins asked Bourne.
"Not yet," Bourne said.
There was no sign of a struggle, and no blood was found inside Carson's home, Bourne said.
Mullins noted that Kentucky law allows a person to defend himself in his home.
But Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl said no law allows a person to take another's life with multiple weapons. And Carson admitted to killing Washington, Goettl said.
Mullins asked to have Carson released from jail and be put on home incarceration. Goettl argued that Carson posed a flight risk and a danger to the community. Goettl also referred to Carson's guilty plea in 2013 to terroristic threatening.
The judge said he would review the case before making a decision on Carson's bond.