Police use fingerprints on bottle to identify Lexington murder suspect

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The man charged with Lexington's last murder of 2016 appeared in court on Wednesday.

Lexington Police charged Brian Jones with the killing of De'Ontai Bates.

During testimony given on Wednesday by Lexington Detective Robert Wilson, he said Bates was driving around that night with DeMarcus Clay. Police say Clay told them that Bates picked up a man he didn't know.

The three drove to Faulkner Drive; that's when Bates and Jones got out of the car and walked out of sight. The detective said Clay then heard three gunshots and watched a man run off with a gun.

Detective Wilson stated that they searched Clay's car and a found a water bottle in the back where he says Jones was sitting. Detectives checked the bottle and fingerprints on it identified Jones.

Police say Clay also picked Jones out of a lineup.

The detective added they found cocaine in the victim's pocket. They also found a revolver at the crime scene. Police say it was not the gun used in the shooting.

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