Fayette County

Man, woman found dead in Lexington apartment building were homicide victims

A man and woman found dead at a Lexington apartment building were homicide victims, authorities said Wednesday night.

Marquis Dorrell Harris, 24, and Sharmaine Shardea Carter, 25, were identified by the Fayette County coroner hours after they were found at a Crystal Gardens Apartments building on Alexandria Drive near Versailles Road. Their causes of death were not released.

But earlier Wednesday, police said one of the victims had been shot.

Police were directed to the second-floor apartment about 11 a.m. when someone called anonymously and reported a relative had been shot, according to Lt. Andrew Daugherty. Police said Friday that initial investigation shows Harris and Carter may have been deceased for several hours before being located.

Harris and Carter are the 17th and 18th homicide victims this year in Lexington, and the first two killings in more than a month.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Lexington police. Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.