Fayette County

After psychosis treated, man charged again in 2014 slaying at Lexington car wash

Kavion Thomas
Kavion Thomas

One of the suspects in a 2014 car wash murder has been arrested less than a month after charges against him were dismissed.

Kavion Thomas, 25, was arrested in October 2014, on murder and robbery charges after 50-year-old Brian DePreta was found dead at now-defunct Premier Car Wash on New Circle Road between Paris Pike and Russell Cave Road in Lexington.

The Herald-Leader previously reported that DePreta had been beaten in the head and was found partially covered in a blanket.

Thomas Lucky and Joseph Sledge were also charged with DePreta’s death. The two are in the Fayette County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Thomas also was in the Fayette County jail. But the charges against Thomas were dismissed in December 2015 after he was deemed not competent to stand trial.

He was admitted to Eastern State Hospital in Lexington on Dec. 7. Almost a month later on Jan. 4, hospital staff reported to the court that Thomas’ psychosis had “diminished robustly” with treatment. The hospital notified the court that Thomas no longer fit the criteria for involuntary treatment and would be discharged on Jan. 12.

Thomas was arrested at Eastern State Hospital and was booked back into the jail at about 11:50 p.m. Monday. He will be arraigned on the murder charge Jan. 23.

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