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Prosecutor: Shot that killed Lexington man was meant for someone else

FRANKFORT — A Lexington man fatally shot in the head near VFW Post 4075's parking lot in Frankfort was killed by a bullet not intended for him, Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

Mark Floyd, 34, a convicted drug dealer, was indicted Wednesday and charged with the murder of Larry Starks, 56, near the VFW on July 17. Floyd and Starks are both from Lexington.

Floyd "was apparently intending to shoot another person, and Starks got in the line of fire and was struck by a bullet fired by Floyd, resulting in his death," Cleveland said.

Cleveland declined to identify the man Floyd intended to shoot, nor did he disclose a motive for the shooting. Cleveland, however, said Starks wasn't involved in the dispute that resulted in his death.

"This is beyond senseless," Cleveland said.

"I don't know anything about this victim other than what I've read, but he was just here to attend a social event and apparently was leaving at the time. He had no involvement with the dispute between these two individuals but was shot and killed."

According to Starks' widow, Barbara, he came to Frankfort to attend a party at the VFW post at East Second Street and Capital Avenue.

Starks, a truck driver and member of Lexington's King Cobras motorcycle club, rode his gold Honda Gold Wing from Lexington to Frankfort July 16 for the party, Barbara Starks said.

Cleveland said Floyd was the DJ at the event.

Larry Starks had called his wife sometime that evening and told her he was coming home, Barbara Starks recalled in an earlier State Journal story.

Police responded to a 911 call about 12:40 a.m. July 17 and found Larry Starks lying near the VFW's parking lot at Second Street and Capital Avenue.

Cleveland said Floyd fired multiple shots from an unidentified handgun and fled after asking someone else to pack up his DJ equipment.

The man Floyd shot at also fled and hid, Cleveland said.

"We've had no contact with that person since the night of the shooting," Cleveland said.

Starks was pronounced dead when he arrived at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

U.S. marshals and Lexington police arrested Floyd without incident at another person's home in Lexington Wednesday morning.

Floyd is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony offender. He is in Franklin County Regional Jail. No bond has been set.