Crime

Lexington man indicted for allegedly killing friend, burning the corpse

A Lexington man was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury Tuesday for allegedly shooting his friend in the head and setting the body on fire.

Sidney Lane Williams Jr., 36, is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He is accused of killing Victor Lamont Martin, 39, last year. Martin's body was found burning in a driveway on Russell Cave Road on Aug. 14.

According to the indictment, Williams "intentionally treated a corpse in a way that would outrage family sensibilities."

Martin and Williams had worked together at Aichi Forge in Georgetown. Police have said Williams told them he shot Martin after the two argued at Williams' home. Martin was using drugs at the house after Williams asked him not to, he said.

Williams also was indicted on a persistent felony offender charge because of two convictions on drug, assault and firearms charges.

Williams is being held at the Fayette County jail in lieu of a $510,500 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 2.

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