Crime

Lexington man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting on Loudon Avenue

After Christopher Thongs, 19, was found mortally wounded Thursday on Loudon Avenue, Lexington police prepared to search a nearby house. Later Thursday, Demarcus Lee Williams, 23, was arrested at New Circle and Bryan Station roads and charged with murder.
After Christopher Thongs, 19, was found mortally wounded Thursday on Loudon Avenue, Lexington police prepared to search a nearby house. Later Thursday, Demarcus Lee Williams, 23, was arrested at New Circle and Bryan Station roads and charged with murder. Herald-Leader

A Lexington man charged with murder, wanton endangerment and robbery in Thursday's shooting death of a 19-year-old man pleaded not guilty at a court hearing Friday.

Demarcus Lee Williams, 23, of Lexington was arraigned on those charges and charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun, fleeing and evading police, and tampering with physical evidence, according to jail and court records. He was booked into the jail early Friday.

Christopher Thongs was found in the driveway of 271 East Loudon Avenue after officers responded to reports of someone standing in the street firing a gun about 2:50 p.m. Thursday. Thongs died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts would not say whether Williams and Thongs knew each other, but the shooting was not random, she said.

Roberts said police made an arrest so quickly because community members came forward almost immediately with details about the shooting and the suspect.

Using that information, she said, officers were able to find Williams about 10 p.m. Thursday.

Williams was arrested in the White Castle restaurant parking lot at New Circle and Bryan Station roads after a short foot pursuit, Roberts said.

Court records say Williams subjected officers to potential injury by running into New Circle Road traffic.

Williams was scheduled to return to court May 9.

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