Crime

Lexington man accused of killing his mother pleads not guilty

A Lexington man accused in the slaying of his mother pleaded not guilty Friday in Fayette District Court.

Jack Taiwane Clemons, 36, is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card in the death of his mother, Shirley Clemons, 64, according to court documents.

Police found the body of Shirley Clemons about 8:45 p.m. July 14 during a welfare check at her home in the 1300 block of River Park Circle after relatives hadn't heard from her in nearly two days. Shirley Clemons' body was wrapped in a blanket and bound with duct tape, the documents said.

Relatives told police that Clemons' son, Jack Clemons, was the only one who lived with her and was driving her black 2004 Saturn.

Shirley Clemons' death was ruled a homicide, and the cause of death was asphyxiation due to the duct tape around her face.

Police said they found a black trash bag containing Shirley Clemons' purse, work gloves, men's clothing, duct tape and a white shirt that had blood on it. The clothes matched the size and brand of clothing originally found in Jack Clemons' room.

Police also noticed that Shirley Clemons' Capital One credit card was missing, the documents said.

Jack Clemons was seen on surveillance using his mother's credit card at numerous places, police said. He was arrested in Kansas by Colorado police after an 81-mile high-speed chase in his mother's vehicle that began in Burlington, Colo., police have said. The chase ended after police used spike stripes.

Jack Clemons was being held in the Fayette County jail on a $10,000 bond on the tampering and credit card charges. No bond was set for the murder charge. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21 for a preliminary hearing.

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