A Lexington man was indicted Wednesday on charges stemming from the beating death of an 87-year-old man in July.
Cory D. Etherington is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the beating death of John Tully, according to court documents.
Police found Tully about 5:30 p.m. July 11 in a breezeway at the Old Farm Apartments on Appian Way, where he lived. Tully died on the morning of July 13 at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital of blunt-force trauma to the head.
According to court documents, witnesses at the apartment complex told police they saw a man running from the apartments with a hammer. Police confirmed that Etherington was Tully's roommate and had been evicted before the beating, the documents said.
Etherington, 32, was arrested July 12 at a home in the 2000 block of Harrodsburg Road for violating the conditions of his probation stemming from two incidents: he assaulted his grandmother and a corrections officer in 2013, according court documents.
During the interview at police headquarters, investigators noticed blood on Etherington's jeans and shoes. He was unable to tell police where the blood came from, the documents said. Etherington admitted to being at Tully's apartment in the days leading up to the beating, but not on July 11.
Etherington is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 25.