Second man arrested in murder, assault and kidnapping on Maxwelton Court

Lexington police have taken over an investigation on Maxwelton Court.
Lexington police have taken over an investigation on Maxwelton Court. WKYT

Police have made a second arrest in connection with a homicide and assault on Maxwelton Court.

Austin J. Adams, 22, was arrested Friday by officers with the Ashland Police Department and charged with complicity to wit first-degree assault. He was taken to the Boyd County Detention Center, Lexington police said in a news release.

Also Friday, Chase W. Helvey, 24, pleaded not guilty to murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

James Potter, 36, of Richmond, was shot in the head near Maxwelton Court and died Thursday as a result of his injuries, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. Potter was driving the vehicle that hit a university-owned building on Sunday, according to Lexington Police spokesperson Brenna Angel.

A woman who was in the car with Potter also suffered “very serious injuries,” Angel said earlier this week. On Thursday Angel said the woman, 29, had blunt force injuries.

An arrest citation accuses Helvey of shooting a victim with a handgun and striking a victim “with wooden object and blowtorch.”

The citation also says he “restrained victim and caused physical injury with the intent to torture.”

The investigation began when UK police were called to the Maxwelton Court crash on Sunday. By Monday it was determined that the two victims involved in the crash had been assaulted before the collision, according to Lexington police.

Investigators believe Helvey assaulted the woman at his home on Maxwelton Court. She tried to flee with Potter and Potter was shot, according to police.

Police said in the citation that Helvey cleaned up blood in the residence before his arrest.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday morning and was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center without bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court again April 9.

Potter’s funeral is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea.

Potter’s homicide is the eighth of the year in Lexington. Suspects have been arrested in three of the eight homicides, according to police data.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call Lexington police at 859-258-3600.