Crime

Restaurant manager's killer to stay in prison at least 5 more years

Eric Hubert Hayden, one of two men convicted of murder in the 1986 stabbing death of a Lexington restaurant manager, will stay in prison for at least five more years.

Hayden appeared before Kentucky parole board members Wednesday at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Floyd County, where he is housed. Parole board chairman Verman Winburn and board member Caroline Mudd, after interviewing Hayden in his first parole hearing since his 1987 conviction, decided he should not be considered for parole again for 60 months.

Hayden and Clarence Lee Jones were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years for murder and 20 years for robbing the restaurant. Jones has a parole hearing scheduled for next week.

Stafford Clay Nelson, 36, of Richmond was stabbed 51 times and his body was left inside Columbia Steak House on Alexandria Drive, which was set on fire during the robbery. More than $4,600 was stolen from the restaurant. Hayden and Jones, who were both 30 at the time they were sentenced, were acquitted of first-degree arson.

Jones was a busboy at the restaurant; Hayden was his roommate at the time.

Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson had sought the death penalty for Hayden and Jones.

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