A man arrested in Illinois will not fight extradition to Kentucky to face a murder charge in the death of Lexington resident Douglas Saylor, officials said.
Gerardo Turcios-Rodriguez, 29, is accused of stabbing Saylor to death in Saylor's Elsmere Park home earlier this month. Turcios-Rod riguez helped Saylor around the house and in his home business, said Daryl Lyons, Saylor's close friend.
Fayette County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jennifer Miller said Tuesday morning that Turcios-Rodriguez signed an extradition waiver giving up his right to an extradition hearing in Illinois. He will be transported to Lexington at an undisclosed time by Fayette County sheriff's deputies.
Capt. Steve Johnson of the St. Clair County, Ill., Sheriff's Department said that "for safety reasons" officials could not say when Turcios-Rodriguez would leave for Lexington.
Turcios-Rodriguez was arrested in East St. Louis, Ill., which is in St. Clair County, about 300 miles from Lexington. His arrest came about two weeks after Saylor's body was found by neighbors in the kitchen of his home on Elsmere Park, a neighborhood of stately homes about two blocks north of Transylvania University.
Saylor's body was discovered June 2, although it was unclear exactly when he died. Lyons said he spoke to Saylor two days before he was found.
Police have not discussed a motive in the case or said how Turcios-Rodriguez knew Saylor, but Lyons said Tuesday that Saylor considered Turcios-Rodriguez a trusted employee and friend.
"I think that's why we're all kind of shocked," he said. "This was somebody that was let into the house."
He said Saylor met Turcios-Rodriguez at the Hope Center, where Turcios-Rodriguez had been staying. Saylor hired him occasionally to do "odds and ends" around the house and to help in a couponing business. Family and friends have said Saylor was into "extreme couponing" and made money buying discounted items and reselling them.
Lyons said he knew Turcios-Rodriguez as "José." Turcios-Rodriguez had worked with Saylor off and on for more than a year. He occasionally would stay at Saylor's home if the Hope Center was full.
"I think he knew that José needed a job and needed help every now and then, so Doug would try to be there and just try to be a friend," Lyons said.
Lyons said Saylor was known to hire people down on their luck, in part to help them and in part to help with Saylor's business. Between clipping coupons, shopping and hauling truckloads of goods to flea markets in Tennessee and Louisville, couponing was a full-time job, family and friends have said.
Saylor was known as a jovial guy and clever businessman. For more than 20 years, he co-owned Saylor Brothers grocery store in Manchester with his brother, George Saylor, who is now Manchester's mayor.
After Doug Saylor moved to Lexington, he and Lyons jointly owned a nightclub in the Woodhill area called Club Liquid. Lyons said they sold the nightclub when couponing started to become a full-time job for Saylor. The two remained friends.
"He was my best friend. I talked to him every day," Lyons said. "I talked to him that Thursday night before all of this went down."
Detectives have revealed few details about the case. It was unclear how they were led to Turcios-Rodriguez, where he was found or what his connection was to East St. Louis. Lyons said he had worked with investigators on the case, but he couldn't say much about the investigation.
On Saturday, Lexington police assisted several agencies in arresting Turcios-Rod riguez, according to a news release. The U.S. Marshals Service, Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Corrections and police departments in East St. Louis, Fairmont City and Collinsville, Ill., helped in the arrest.