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Police make arrest in second slaying of 2016 in Lexington as year gets off to a violent start

Donald Owen Roark Jr., 25, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting death of Corenz White, 28.
Donald Owen Roark Jr., 25, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting death of Corenz White, 28. Fayette County Detention Center

Lexington police made a quick arrest in the city’s second homicide in the first three days of 2016.

Donald Owen Roark Jr., 25, was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting death of Corenz White, 28, police said in a news release.

The investigation started early Sunday when police went to University Trails apartments at 845 Red Mile Road, which runs between Versailles and Harrodsburg roads, to check on a report about an intoxicated person.

Officers found White, who had a gunshot wound to the chest, collapsed in the parking lot, according to the news release.

White, of Lexington, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:12 a.m. Sunday.

Police did not release any additional information on the homicide.

Roark, of Lexington, was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center at 2:21 p.m. Sunday. No bond had been set on the murder charge. He was scheduled to be arraigned by video Monday.

Court records show a number of prior charges against Roark, including theft, receiving stolen property, fleeing from police and wanton endangerment.

Police said the investigation continues and asked that anyone with additional information call them. Call the police department at 859-258-3600, the Robbery/Homicide Unit at 859-258-370 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020.

People also may submit information at Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

White’s death was the second homicide and at least the fifth shooting in Lexington the first three days of 2016, according to authorities.

The victim of the city’s first homicide of the new year was another 28-year-old man. Joseph Allen McDowell died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after he was found early Friday in a driveway in the 400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

The homicides were among at least five shootings in Lexington since the new year began Friday, according to authorities.

A woman suffering from two gunshot wounds was found Saturday on the front porch of a house on Millbank Road, and two people were injured during robberies.

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