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Attempted-murder case goes to grand jury in Scott County

A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting at a Georgetown home last month told police that he was upset because his ex-girlfriend was at the house with their children and another man, a detective testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Jason St. Clair Wilson, 26, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree burglary. Police said he broke into the home of Stephanie Buchanan, his ex-girlfriend, on King George Drive and started fighting with Buchanan's male friend, William Lee.

On Tuesday, Scott District Judge Mary Jane Phelps found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

During the hearing, Georgetown police Detective Natalie Payne read a statement from Wilson, who has three children with Buchanan. Wilson said he and Buchanan had broken up about a month earlier but were still intimate.

Wilson said Buchanan told him that she was no longer going to be involved with Lee. But Wilson found Lee at her home when Wilson arrived there March 17 to spend time with his daughter for her birthday.

Police said Wilson got into a fight with Lee and Darryl Brown, 18. Brown was dating Buchanan's sister, who also was at the house that night with her child, Payne said. Then Wilson went to his car to get a gun, the detective said.

Wilson told that police he was badly beaten and that his goal was "protecting my life" and "to hit Willie only," Payne said.

She said Wilson told police he was remorseful.

Buchanan and Brown were taken to University of Kentucky Hospital with gunshot wounds after the shooting. They were treated and released.

Wilson's attorney, John Dutra of Georgetown, asked Phelps to reduce his client's bond, which is set at $200,000 full cash, because Wilson has a limited criminal history. Dutra said this was an isolated event.

But Phelps denied that request, referring to Wilson's criminal history and the seriousness of the incident.

"The evidence I've heard is pretty disturbing," she said. "It could have been a much more serious case than what it was."