Crime

Warrant issued for suspect in robbery, killing near Richmond Road

Courtney Darnell Kidd
Courtney Darnell Kidd

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a suspect in the robbery and shooting death Sunday of a man at an apartment building on Lakeshore Drive.

In addition to robbery, Courtney Darnell Kidd, 32, is wanted on a murder charge, according to Lexington police.

Jordan Yeast, 26, died of multiple gunshot wounds about 5 p.m. Sunday outside an the apartment building at 164 Lakeshore Drive near Richmond Road, the coroner’s office said Monday. Yeast lived in the Lakeshore Drive area but not at the address where he was found.

Officers were called to the building about 4:20 p.m. for a report of shots fired, according to police. Yeast was found inside a vehicle and died at the scene. WKYT reported that police attempted to aid Yeast at the scene but were unable to save him.

Kidd and Yeast are thought to have known each other, according to police. Investigators identified Kidd as a suspect after interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence in the area of the shooting.

Police are still working to find out what led up to the shooting.

Kidd was previously convicted of drug and weapons charges in Fayette County, according to court records.

Yeast is at least the third victim shot in the area in eight weeks. On March 14, two people were taken to a local hospital after being shot in the back while in a vehicle outside of 100 Lakeshore Drive. That case is still open, but there are no indications it is related to the shooting that occurred Sunday outside the nearby building at 164 Lakeshore Drive.

Yeast had two children with Christine Ray, who remembered him fondly.

“I was with him from age 16 to 19, we had two little boys together,” Ray said. “Jordan was an amazing person … he always made a point to make people laugh.”

Anyone with information related to Kidd’s location is asked to call 911.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to 274637. Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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