Mark Adam Cave, charged with killing his mother and putting her body in a trash bin, has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury.
Cave, 28, was indicted Tuesday for capital murder in the death of Sharon Howard, 54, and tampering with physical evidence. Cave is to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell's court on April 5.
According to the indictment, between June 1 and June 7, 2011, Cave struck Howard in the head and/or neck with an unknown object, causing her death.
Howard's badly decomposed body was found by Lexington police in a garbage container near Fortune Drive in early February. Relatives had not seen her since June, and she was reported missing in December. Police have said that while Cave was in the Fayette County Detention Center on unrelated charges, he admitted killing his mother.
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Cave pleaded not guilty to murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with his mother's death in February in Fayette District Court, before the case was sent to the grand jury.
Cave and his mother have lengthy criminal records in Lexington.
No bond has been set on the murder charge against Cave. There is a $25,000 full-cash bond for the evidence tampering charge.