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New details in slaying of woman, 78

The third person arrested in connection with the murder of a Lexington grandmother allegedly helped hide evidence of the crime in rural Jessamine County, according to court documents.

Also, a police search warrant filed in court Wednesday describes a bloody crime scene.

David Lewis, 28, was charged Wednesday with burglary and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the murder of Marilyn Hegge.

Lewis pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment Thursday afternoon in Fayette District Court. A public defender was appointed for him.

Hegge was found on Nov. 30, her 78th birthday, in her Red River Drive home bludgeoned to death in her bed.

Authorities later said she died of blunt-force trauma.

Police say David Lewis' brother, Dominique Lewis, has confessed to Hegge's murder. Investigators think Dominique Lewis conspired with Heather McGlothen — Hegge's granddaughter and his girlfriend — to kill Hegge.

According to a search warrant, police found a large amount of blood on the woman's body and around the bedroom. An object that appeared to be a walker was found lying next to the woman on the bed. A table and a telephone that had been knocked to the floor were nearby.

A list of items that police removed from the house after obtaining a search warrant included a metal handrail with blood on it, which was found on a pillow in the master bedroom; a "steak type" knife that was found in the master bedroom; blue bloodstained curtains that were in the master bedroom; a red lollipop that was on the kitchen floor; and a handwritten note addressed to "Grandma," which was on a living room end table.

Based on interviews with McGlothen and Dominique Lewis, police say David Lewis was in Marilyn Hegge's residence with his brother, according to court documents.

He was in the house when McGlothen allegedly killed Hegge, but there is no evidence that he knew that was going to happen, Lexington Police Lt. James Curless said.

The brothers allegedly took Hegge's purse, then went to David Lewis' apartment, where Dominique Lewis removed his clothing and stuffed it in a trash bag along with the purse and murder weapon.

Then, McGlothen drove David Lewis to rural Jessamine County, where he buried the evidence, according to court records.

McGlothen, Dominique Lewis and David Lewis all declined interview requests at the jail, according to a Fayette County Detention Center spokesman.

All three defendants are expected in court again at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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