Crime

Suspect in July Lexington homicide turns himself in, police say.

Jermaine Yates
Jermaine Yates Lexington Police Department

A man wanted in one of Lexington’s 21 homicides this year has turned himself in to authorities, according to police.

An arrest warrant was obtained by Lexington police last week for Jermaine D. Yates, who was accused of fatally shooting Kerry D. Kenney on July 1.

Yates, 32, turned himself in Monday and has been charged with murder. He’s been placed in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Kenney, 31, was found in the back seat of a stopped car on Short Street near North Broadway, police said. Police said in July they did not believe the shooting occurred where Kenney was found. Detectives believed a drug transaction led up to the shooting.

Police have identified and apprehended suspects for all but eight of the city’s 21 homicides this year, according to police data.

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