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Third suspect arrested near Columbus, Ohio, in 2014 death of Lexington resident

A third suspect has been apprehended in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Darnell Bates, Lexington police said Wednesday.

Demarcus R. Harris, 23, was arrested near Columbus, Ohio, by a U.S. Marshal’s task force, police said in a release. Pending extradition, he will face multiple charges, including murder and first-degree robbery, police said.

Bates, 36, was shot and killed at his home in the 400 block of Addie Street about 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2014.

Officers were dispatched to the scene in response to a call about a burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they found Bates shot in the abdomen. He was taken by ambulance to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died.

Before the shooting, Bates had been promoted to general manager of Goo Goo Car Wash on North Limestone after working there for several years.

Harris joins two other suspects charged in the case. Charles B. Patton III, 22, and Caitlyn Conway, 23, were indicted by a Fayette County grand jury in October.

According to a petition for a search warrant filed in court, a witness told police that Conway went to Bates’ home with him, and once inside she called Patton and Harris and let them inside. A fight then began between the two men and Bates, and Bates was shot during the struggle, the document said.

Police had obtained murder and robbery warrants last year for Harris.

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