Woodford County

Man wanted in slaying surrenders to police

VERSAILLES — A Lexington man wanted in connection with a Dec. 22 slaying turned himself in Monday to Versailles police.

Tyran D. Gerton, 22, turned himself in to the Versailles police headquarters around 2 p.m.

Gerton was arrested on a warrant in the killing of Ricardo Velasco-Nanduca, 30, who was found shot in the back yard of a house on Montgomery Avenue.

Woodford County Attorney Alan George said that, according to the police complaint, Velasco-Nanduca was shot in the upper left leg as he tried to escape from the back seat of a 1988 Cadillac driven by Gerton. The car had pulled into a driveway at 225 Montgomery Avenue.

Velasco-Nanduca was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at University of Kentucky Hospital.

George said a passenger in the front seat of Gerton's vehicle provided information about the incident to police.

After turning himself in, Gerton was lodged in the Woodford County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 in Woodford District Court, George said.

Officer Pat Melton, spokesman for the Versailles Police Department, said it did not come as a surprise that Gerton turned himself in.

"He knew there was a warrant out for him," Melton said. "I think he felt the heat."