The man charged in a 20-year-old's death last month detailed for Lexington police how the victim was killed in his car before the body was left on a street between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads.
Lexington police charged Dustin James Yost, 21, on Tuesday with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting death of Vondre R. Smithers. Yost is being held in the Fayette jail, police said. He is due back in court Wednesday on the tampering charge.
The documents show why police zeroed in on Yost, who blamed someone else for pulling the trigger.
Yost was already being held on the tampering charge when the murder charge was added, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
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Smithers was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. He was found lying in the 3300 block of Bellefonte Drive, near Lansdowne Drive, about 7 a.m. March 17. He died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Emergency workers initially responded to a report that someone had been hit by a car. At the hospital, it was determined that the victim actually had been shot.
According to a citation filed in circuit court, Yost was arrested April 1 in Bourbon County on the tampering-with-evidence charge. He pleaded not guilty the following day.
According to a warrant, investigators discovered that Smithers had been shot in a vehicle that belonged to Yost.
Yost was interviewed, and he told police he was in his vehicle when Smithers was shot by a third person. He also said he drove his vehicle away from the scene of the shooting, and that the gun used to kill Smithers was in the car along with a large amount of "biological evidence" from the shooting, the document said.
Yost stopped at least once in Fayette County to clean his vehicle. He admitted to throwing away clothes that he was wearing at the time of the shooting.
Court documents did not pinpoint the location of the shooting, but they said it happened at a Fayette County gas station.
Video surveillance captured Yost getting rid of the evidence, the document said.
"Yost admitted after he left the scene in his vehicle, cleaned his vehicle, and discarded evidence ... he left Fayette County," the document said in closing. "Yost stated that once outside of Fayette County, he discarded the handgun that was used in this crime, in addition to other items containing biological evidence, in a rural area."