A Fayette County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Lexington man accused of stabbing his friend and part-time employer to death.
Gerardo Turcios Rodriguez, 29, is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Douglas Saylor, 66.
On June 2, neighbors found Saylor in a pool of blood in the kitchen of his home on Elsmere Park, near Transylvania University. He had been stabbed about 30 times, police detective Franz Wolff said during a preliminary hearing for Rodriguez on July 6.
Rodriguez told police he had gotten into an argument with Saylor before the stabbing. He told police Saylor "made some sexual advancements toward him, which angered him, as it had in the past, and that that led to the argument," Wolff said at last month's hearing.
Rodriguez was arrested out of state by Lexington police and U.S. Marshals about two weeks after the killing. Rodriguez had fled to Fairmont City, Ill., police said.
When Wolff and his partner interviewed Rodriguez at a police precinct in Illinois, he told the detectives he remembered only certain details about the night of the killing, Wolff testified.
"He recalled his finger being cut by a knife in that residence. He stated that he recalled a large amount of blood being inside the residence and he remembered cutting his pants," Wolff said.
Rodriguez also remembered his clothes being saturated with blood. Wolff said when Rodriguez's brother picked him up following the killing, he changed his clothes inside a home on Kenton Street.
From there, Rodriguez went to Illinois, where he has family, according to court documents. He was extradited to Lexington last month.
Friends have said Rodriguez was a friend of Saylor's and sometimes worked for Saylor. Saylor operated a couponing business out of his home; he made money buying items at steep discounts, then selling them at flea markets in Louisville and Tennessee.
Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court on Aug. 23.