Grand jury to hear murder case in slaying of Lexington gas station attendant

Travis Michael Bredhold
Travis Michael Bredhold

A Fayette County grand jury will hear evidence against an 18-year-old man charged with murder in the killing of a Marathon gas station attendant.

Fayette District Judge Megan Thornton ruled during a preliminary hearing Thursday morning that there is enough evidence against Travis Michael Bredhold to send the case to the grand jury.

Public defender Robert Friedman, who represented Bredhold at the hearing, asked for a psychological evaluation of Bredhold. Thornton said she would order an initial assessment.

Bredhold is charged with murder, robbery and various other crimes in the Dec. 9 fatal shooting of Mukeshbhai Patel, 51, during a robbery at the Marathon station at 1758 Alexandria Drive.

During Thursday's hearing, Lexington police detective Bill Brislin testified that Bredhold's foster parents identified him as the man caught on surveillance photos in the store. Brislin also outlined other evidence in the case.

Bredhold had a .380-caliber handgun in his jacket pocket when he was arrested, Brislin testified. He said it's not been determined whether it is the weapon used in the shooting.

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