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Man charged with murder in Lexington being held by federal marshals in Arizona

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Federal authorities in Arizona say they are holding a man charged with murder in a fatal Lexington shooting in June.

Members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested Jefferey Morris, 30, on Monday in Glendale, Ariz., according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service in Phoenix.

Morris was arrested at an apartment complex in Glendale after task force members traced him there, the marshals service said.

According to marshals, Morris gave them a false identity along with what appeared to be fictitious identification documents. They later confirmed his identity as Morris.

Officers began searching for Morris in the Glendale area after deputy U.S. marshals in Eastern Kentucky developed information suggesting that he might be in Arizona, federal officials said.

Lexington officers obtained an arrest warrant for Morris in early July, charging him with murder and tampering with evidence in the fatal shooting of Anthony Carter, 47. Carter died June 11 at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital about an hour after being found shot in the 400 block of Chestnut Street.

Carter had moved to Lexington from Michigan about six months earlier in search of a better life, his brother said.

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