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Lexington man pleads guilty to '08 murder

A Lexington man pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting a man and injuring his teenage son in 2008.

David Gerald Means pleaded guilty to murder, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kimberly Henderson Baird recommended a total sentence of 24 years in prison for the three charges.

Police say Means, 32, shot Jamal Covington, 35, and his then-18-year-old son, Brandon, on the 2800 block of Snow Road on May 17, 2008. Covington was pronounced dead in a small parking lot behind an apartment building. His son was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Means said in court Friday that he got into an argument with Covington's son earlier that day and that the two had been fighting off and on.

"I got upset and shot him and his pops," Means told Fayette Circuit Judge James D. Ishmael Jr. Means originally was charged with three counts of fourth-degree assault and being a persistent felony offender. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. A wanton endangerment charge was amended to second-degree assault.

Means is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18.

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