Jessamine County

Rifle connected accused killer to victim

The man accused of killing a woman at a Fayette County farm was found with a rifle taken from the farm.

Gary T. Stone is accused of fatally beating Pauline Mastin, 43, early Saturday morning at a home at Fair Trial Farm, 567 Muir Station Road.

He was arrested about 8 a.m. Saturday in a bedroom at 405 Edgewood Drive in Nicholasville and charged with firearms possession by a felon, according to an arrest report. The firearm was one of two long rifles taken from the farm, officials said.

Stone is accused of breaking into the home, where Pauline Mastin, of Carlisle, was staying. He is accused of beating her and her brother-in-law, Bart Mastin, who was treated at a hospital for his injuries.

About 4:30 a.m., a security guard spotted a vehicle leaving the farm and thought it odd. He wrote down the license plate and a vehicle description. Police traced the license plate to Stone.

"It's exactly what we needed to take us to him," said Lexington Police Lt. James Curless.

Stone has a lengthy criminal record in Fayette and Jessamine counties with convictions including theft, violating probation, assault and burglary.

It was unclear yesterday why he would have chosen to burglarize the farm.

It is possible that he had worked near the farm in the past or knew someone associated with the farm, Curless said. Police are reviewing burglary reports to see whether there are any nearby incidents that could be connected to Stone.