A trial began Monday for a Lexington man who is accused of killing and dismembering a woman whom he had dated.
Paris R. Charles, 60, is accused of murder and abuse of a corpse in the 2014 death of Goldia Massey, 50.
Massey’s arm was found along the Kentucky River in Henry County in October 2014. Her torso was found along the river in Jessamine County that December.
Charles was arrested in February 2015.
Rewa Zakharia, a prosecutor with the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, told the jury during opening statements Monday that when police first visited Charles at his home in late 2014, he did not invite them inside, but they could see that he had some injuries and the carpet had been removed.
When they later executed a search warrant at the home, she said police found box cutters, saws and saw blades.
She said a forensic anthropologist will testify that “Goldia was dismembered with a saw.”
She said cell phone records and DNA evidence taken from Charles’ home will also be introduced during the trial.
Massey, a bookkeeper, had lived in Lexington but had recently moved in with her son and his girlfriend in Cynthiana. Her son reported her missing on Oct. 1, 2014.
Charles’ defense attorney, Leslie Smith, said during her opening statements that Massey’s son gave differing dates to police about when he had last seen his mother.
She told the jury that Charles had ripped up the carpet in his home because he “wanted to replace the carpet with hardwood,” and said he had told his landlord that before Massey’s disappearance.
“He’s not guilty of murder and he’s not guilty of abuse of a corpse,” she said.
The trial begins again at 9 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.