Indictment charges man in August slaying, robbery

Joel Searcy
Joel Searcy

A man was indicted on a murder charge in the death of a Lexington man who was assaulted during an attempted car theft Aug. 1.

Joel David Searcy, 31, was charged in the death of Donald "Leroy" Cook, 82. Police said Searcy assaulted Cook and tried to steal Cook's truck after events that began with a reported kidnapping. The indictment was returned Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Searcy was also indicted on charges of first-degree robbery, five counts of unlawful imprisonment, and one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance.

Lexington police responded to a reported kidnapping about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Sixth Street and Headley Avenue. A woman told police she and four children had been kidnapped by Searcy.

Searcy was driving an SUV that struck another vehicle while the woman and her children were passengers, the woman told police. After the collision, Searcy stopped at Sixth and Headley and ran off, police said. Officers were later dispatched to a disorder in the parking lot of PDQ Market at 400 New Circle and Meadow Lane.

People said Searcy was seen pushing Cook from a truck and trying to steal the vehicle.

Cook later died at St. Joseph Hospital. Searcy is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 24 in Fayette Circuit Court.

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