3 accused of killing man, severely wounding another in Woodhill area

Neighbors waited behind police tape at the scene of a homicide investigation Monday on Hedgewood Court. The name of the dead man has not been released.
Neighbors waited behind police tape at the scene of a homicide investigation Monday on Hedgewood Court. The name of the dead man has not been released. Pablo Alcala | Staff

Three people were charged Monday with an attack that killed a Lexington man and badly injured another.

Daniel Gadson, 28, and Elzandrae Warren, 27, are charged with murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance thought to be cocaine. A juvenile in his late teens is charged with murder, first-degree robbery, assault and possession of a controlled substance thought to be cocaine.

The name of the man they are accused of killing has not been released.

The Fayette County coroner's office issued a statement Monday evening, saying the victim's identity and cause of death are being withheld until an autopsy has been done and the police department completes a fingerprint analysis. The autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.

The three were arrested after being brought to police headquarters for questioning, Lt. James Curless said during a news conference Monday.

Curless said the shootings, in the Woodhill neighborhood, were drug-related. He said one of the three charged was an acquaintance of one of the victims.

"Obviously, we have a fairly good understanding on what took place in this homicide," he said. "I wouldn't elaborate on specifically who fired the gun or who held the knife."

The attack happened in the 200 block of Hedgewood Court off Woodhill Drive.

Sgt. Ann Gutierrez of the homicide unit said police responded to a report that a man, identified in police reports as Ira J. Robinson, 28, had been stabbed about 2:20 a.m. on Hedgewood Court. A criminal complaint said Robinson told investigators that three people entered his home, robbed him, stabbed him multiple times and shot him in the right leg.

Robinson was listed in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Gutierrez said Robinson went to a townhome a few doors down after he was stabbed, and a neighbor called police. After talking to the injured man, officers found the other man's body at 243 Hedgewood Court, which is where the attack apparently occurred.

The coroner's office removed the body about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Robinson's mother, Priscilla Robinson, said her son was playing video games with the man who was slain when the three suspects showed up. She said her son knows one of them.

"He just thought the guy was coming over to play," she said.

Once inside, they tied Ira Robinson's hands and cut his throat, stabbing him about 10 times in the face and back, she said.

"They intended to kill him," Priscilla Robinson said. "When he took off running, they shot him."

On Monday morning, neighbors and relatives of the victims stood outside as officers looked for evidence.

Police searched a nearby van that Gutierrez said might have belonged to one of the victims. A mobile crime lab was parked inside an area cordoned off by yellow crime tape in front of a few of the townhomes.

"We have a rather large scene here with some blood trails," Gutierrez said.

Ann King, a neighbor, said her daughter lives at 247 Hedgewood and called police for Robinson. King said she did not know the man who died but that Robinson and her daughter are friends.

King said the dead man often visited Robinson, who lived at the home on Hedgewood, and they kept to themselves.

Elzandrae Warren, one of the three charged in the crime, was acquitted of murder charges in Scott County in 2002. He had been charged in the death of Howard R. "Butch" Abbott Jr., 38, a construction worker and drug informant who was shot multiple times in the head in August 2000. Abbott's body was left in a van beside the road.

In 2003, a Fayette County grand jury dismissed several charges against Warren. He had been accused of cocaine trafficking, trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, not having an operator's license and leaving the scene of an accident or failing to render aid.

Warren pleaded guilty in September in Fayette District Court to a charge involving care and treatment of animals. He was fined $250 and ordered to pay court costs of $154.

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