Crime

Juvenile charged with murder in Thoroughbred Way slaying

Lexington police have charged a male juvenile in the slaying of Tommisha Taylor, 19, who was found shot to death Monday at 686 Thoroughbred Way.

The juvenile was arrested about 5:15 a.m. Friday, Lexington police said in a news release. He was charged with murder, first-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a defaced firearm.

He also was charged with first-degree robbery in an unrelated case. He was being held in the local juvenile detention center.

According to a police document, "unknown suspects" entered the apartment on Thoroughbred Way about 5 a.m. Monday.

Three people were injured — Taylor and a friend identified as Trayvon "Trey" Williams, 20, were shot, and a third person sustained an abrasion.

Four people were in the apartment at the time: Taylor; Williams; Stefon Lee Johnson, 49; and Taylor's mother, Karen Taylor, 44, who family members said was the apartment's primary renter.

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams, shot in the head, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Tommisha Taylor didn't live at the apartment but was in Lexington for summer vacation, friends said. She was studying fashion and design at an art college in Cincinnati.

Her killing was Lexington's 10th homicide in 2011.

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