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Grand jury gets Mercer burglary case

HARRODSBURG — The former employee of a missing Woodford County woman will face potential indictment on charges in Mercer County.

On Tuesday, a judge referred charges of first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property over $300 against Richard Norris Kincaid to a Mercer County grand jury.

Police have questioned Kincaid, 42, of Salvisa about the disappearance of Patricia Last, 65, who operated a horse farm in southern Woodford County. The last contact anyone had with her was Oct. 10.

Tuesday's preliminary hearing did not reveal any new information about Last's disappearance. Last's family has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Kincaid worked for Last for a short time in September, Versailles Police Detective Beth Thompson testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Harrodsburg.

Versailles police enlisted the help of Harrodsburg police to find Kincaid during Thanksgiving week. They had received an anonymous tip that Kincaid was working for Roy Miller in Salvisa in northern Mercer County, Thompson said.

Harrodsburg police contacted Miller but he in turn had told Kincaid, who had been stripping tobacco, that police were on their way to see him, testified Harrodsburg Police Lt. Det. Garry Bradshaw.

By the time police arrived at the location where they thought Kincaid would be, he was gone, Bradshaw said. Kincaid did make phone contact with Thompson but he had hung up, Bradshaw said.

In any case, police recovered a trailer, lawn mower, string weed cutter, and an air compressor from Miller that had all belonged to Last, Bradshaw said. Kincaid had sold the property to Miller, Bradshaw said.

Kincaid was later arrested by Lexington police. Kincaid confessed on tape to police that he had burglarized the Miller home on Talmage-Mayo Road by crawling through a window and taking a Sears .410-gauge double-barreled shotgun, a gold bracelet and $140.

The shotgun was found in the back of Kincaid's vehicle, and Miller identified the firearm as his, Bradshaw said. Kincaid was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mercer District Judge Jeff Dotson found probable cause to send the charges to a grand jury for possible indictment. A Mercer grand jury meets this week but Bradshaw said the Kincaid case probably will be presented at a later date.

Kincaid remains in the Boyle County jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.