A Fayette County grand jury on Monday indicted Gambino August on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the Jan. 1 death of Natalie Liles.
August, 44, told police he shot Liles after she began assaulting him in an apartment at 1521 Continental Square, court records show.
At a preliminary hearing in January in Fayette District Court, detective David Richardson testified that August called 911 just before 5 a.m. New Year's Day and waited at the scene until officers arrived.
When police arrived, August led them to Liles and said he had shot her, Richardson said. Liles died at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
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Richardson testified that August told him in an interview at police headquarters that he and Liles had an on-and-off relationship and had lived together at one point. They had remained friends after Liles moved out.
Liles called August on New Year's Eve, and "he went and picked her up, and they were hanging out for several hours," Richardson said at the January hearing.
The two got into an argument early New Year's Day and began "pushing each other" throughout the apartment. Then Liles began slapping and punching August, Richardson said.
August got a gun from under his bed, "chambered a round, pointed it at Ms. Liles and fired a shot," Richardson said.
August told police he wasn't injured, though officers and photographed some red marks on his neck, Richardson said.
"Suspected cocaine" weighing 0.01 grams is listed among the items taken into evidence after a search of the apartment.
August has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Fayette District Court and is being held without bond in the Fayette County Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court on March 22.