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Lexington man indicted on murder charge

A Lexington man has been indicted on accusations he raped, sodomized and killed his roommate's 2-year-old daughter.

A Fayette County grand jury issued a murder indictment Monday against Brian M. Crabtree, 18. It also charged Crabtree with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, making Crabtree eligible for the death penalty should prosecutors decide to seek it.

Police have said Crabtree dropped Katelynn Stinnett from several feet after bathing her.

According to a search warrant, Crabtree has confessed to police and also admitted to physically abusing her "on numerous occasions."

Crabtree will be arraigned at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.

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