Crime

Accused tells his side of the story

A Nicholasville man accused of fatally shooting a man in the parking lot of a Lexington apartment complex during a drug deal on Monday says he is innocent.

Carlos Antonio Taylor, 18, of Nicholasville is charged with murder in the shooting death of Carlos Alejandro Castillo-Godoy. Godoy was shot in the abdomen about 10:30 p.m. Monday outside Larkin Apartments, 2553 Larkin Road, next to the Nicholasville Road K-Mart.

Godoy, 24, of Georgetown was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

In an interview Friday morning at the Fayette County jail — hours before he was to be arraigned on the murder charge — Taylor told the Herald-Leader that he didn't know much about the investigation.

"They accused me of murder of some dude named Carlos, but I ain't been paying no attention," said Taylor, who was wearing a blue jumpsuit. "I'm not guilty of it."

Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment Friday at Fayette District Court. His next hearing was scheduled for Feb. 4.

Police have said the shooting occurred during a drug sale. Witnesses say Taylor had gone to Lexington to buy marijuana from Godoy, according to documents filed in district court.

Taylor disputed reports that he was trying to buy pot. He said he was in Lexington Monday night, but that was because he was visiting his father. Taylor said he had not been near the apartments on Larkin Road.

"I don't even know where Larkin is," he said.

Taylor's mother, Roxie Taylor, said she didn't know where her son was Monday night, but he often visited his father when he was in Lexington.

Roxie Taylor acknowledged that her son had been in trouble before, saying he'd been arrested for receiving stolen property and driving without a license as a juvenile.

"I know that Carlos can be a good child if he wants to be; he just has a tendency to get hooked up with the wrong people and do the wrong things," she said.

Witness statements to police said that a fist fight broke out between Godoy and a man Carlos Taylor had been traveling with just before the shooting occurred, according to police reports. Roxie Taylor said that if her son did kill a man Monday, she believes it was in self-defense.

Carlos Taylor, who attended East Jessamine High School until he dropped out after his freshman year, was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop at the Nicholasville Applebee's just off Lexington Road.

Lt. Doug Pape would not say what led police to Taylor. He would say only that through their investigation, they "developed enough probable cause to make the charge."

Carlos Taylor said police told him they had evidence from security cameras at a Lexington department store.

Nicholasville police helped in the investigation, initiating the traffic stop that led to Carlos Taylor's arrest. John Branscum, assistant chief of police in Nicholasville, said police suspected Taylor and were familiar with the car he traveled in.

"This is a good example of what can happen when police agencies work together across county lines," Branscum said.

Regardless of what happens with his murder case, Carlos Taylor said he would have no regrets — even if he's convicted of the killing and sentenced to years in jail.

"I done did everything I wanted to, so whatever happens now ..." he said with a shrug. "Everything I wanted to do, I achieved it. Anything I wanted, I had it."

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