An examination of cellular phone records helped Lexington police identify a murder suspect they eventually would find 300 miles away, according to court documents.
Gerardo Turcios-Rodriguez, who is charged with murder in the death of Elsmere Park resident Douglas Saylor, was arrested in East St. Louis, Ill., two weeks after Saylor's death.
Turcios-Rodriguez was extradited to Kentucky on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court on Thursday. His next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 26.
Police did not initially say how they tracked Rodriguez, but an arrest warrant filed Thursday in Fayette District Court provided more details of the investigation.
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After a friend and a neighbor found Saylor in a pool of blood in his kitchen June 2, detectives examined Saylor's cellphone records. Two of the last three phone numbers Saylor had called were associated with an address on Roosevelt Boulevard, the warrant said.
Police went to that house and spoke with Tanya Hockaday, who told them she has a child with a man named José Rodriguez. She said the numbers on Saylor's phone were used by that man.
"It (was) learned that José Rodriguez has numerous aliases to include Gerardo Turcios-Rodriguez," the document said. "Investigation revealed that Jose Rodriguez ... is a known associate of Douglas Saylor and had worked with him in the past."
Friends and family have said Saylor hired Turcios-Rodriguez to help around his house and to help in Saylor's business. Saylor was into "extreme couponing" and would buy items at discount and sell them at flea markets in Tennessee and Louisville.
Hockaday told police that Turcios-Rodriguez also had worked at B&I Roofing in Lexington. Police spoke with the owner of the business, who said Turcios-Rodriguez no longer worked there, but that his brother, Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez, did.
Police interviewed Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez on June 12, the warrant said. He told investigators his brother called him early in the morning June 1, the day before Saylor's body was found, and said "he had done something bad and that he was going to get on a train and leave Lexington."
On June 15, police spoke with a witness who disputed Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez's account.
The "known witness," who was not identified in court documents, told police that Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez picked up his brother from Saylor's home June 1, and that Gerardo Turcios-Rodriguez had cuts on his hand consistent with repeatedly stabbing someone, the warrant said. According to that witness, Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez drove his brother "to an address out of state so that he could reside with family in an effort to avoid prosecution."
Freddy Turcios-Rodriguez had not been charged with a crime as of Thursday, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Lexington police traveled to East St. Louis and arrested Gerardo Turcios-Rodriguez with the help of U.S. marshals and police in Illinois.
Fayette County sheriff's deputies brought Turcios-Rodriguez to Lexington on Wednesday. He was being held without bond in the Fayette County Detention Center.