Crime

2nd teen charged in Lexington's first homicide

Allen Charles Burgess
Allen Charles Burgess

A second man was charged Friday in connection with Lexington's first homicide of the year.

Allen Charles Burgess, 19, was charged with complicity to commit murder. Burgess was in the Fayette County Detention Center on unrelated charges when he was charged in the Jan. 5 homicide, Lexington police said. He'd been in the jail since Jan. 8, according to the jail website.

Joseph Randolph, 48, was shot multiple times. He was found shortly after 5:30 p.m. at 186 Simpson Avenue, according to police. Randolph was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he died in the emergency room, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Quante Jarod Johnson, 18, was arrested and charged Jan. 16 with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Arrest documents for Johnson, filed with the court, say only that Johnson "caused the death of the victim through the intentional use of a deadly weapon." The tampering charge stems from allegations that Johnson disposed of the gun used in the shooting, according to the documents.

Randolph's relatives have said they had no idea who would want to hurt him. They described him as a happy-go-lucky man, a talented carpenter and a caretaker for his grandmother before she died.

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