Lexington man who was beaten, burned during invasion faces drug charges

A man who was beaten and burned during a home invasion Wednesday morning was charged with drug trafficking after police searched his house.

Marques Dawson, 27, is charged with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in marijuana, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Three men reportedly broke into Dawson's home, hit him in the head and used a hot iron to burn his leg and groin, police said. He was recovering Wednesday evening at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

A woman, Manee C. Shepard, 23, also was charged with cocaine and marijuana trafficking. She apparently was inside the home, but she was not injured, police said in a news release.

"Technically they are the victims of the 'home invasion,' but evidence collected at the scene, led to the ... charges," the news release said.

Police got involved after Dawson went to Saint Joseph Hospital about 5:30 a.m. seeking medical attention. Officials at Saint Joseph transferred Dawson to UK Hospital and reported the assault to police, Roberts said.

Police officers met Dawson at UK Hospital and questioned him about his injuries, Roberts said. He was uncooperative, but investigators determined that he had been assaulted in his home on the 300 block of White Oak Trace, off Leestown Road.

Police went to Dawson's home to collect evidence. They obtained a search warrant about 11:30 a.m. and entered the brick and vinyl-sided rental home, which lies in a new subdivision that has houses under construction.

Police did not say what was in the home, but Dawson and Shepard were charged with drug trafficking about four hours later.

As of Wednesday evening, police were looking for the three men who broke in and assaulted Dawson, Roberts said.

The men wore masks and carried guns. Dawson and Shepard apparently were tied up, Dawson was assaulted and the house was ransacked, the news release said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.