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Man who shot himself charged with Mercer homicide

A suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the Dec. 21 shooting death of a Lexington man, Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty said Wednesday.

James M. Kelley, 52, was charged Tuesday with murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary, according to a news release from Kelty.

Kelley is accused of killing John Edward "Bud" Dacci, 54, and injuring a woman at 711 Ashley Camp Road in Mercer County.

Authorities searched for Kelley for more than a day after the shooting. The search ended when police learned that he had shot himself outside Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond. Kelley was found in his truck outside the emergency room doors. He was later transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Kelty said he could not provide information on Kelley's condition. The information also could not be obtained Wednesday from UK.

Kelley and Dacci were former business partners, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's Web site.

Dacci was co-owner of Dacci Air Conditioning and Heating. Kelley was listed as secretary of that business until 2007.

Kelley's address was unavailable; a family member told police he moves from campground to campground.

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