Third person charged in connection with Lexington murder

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A third person has been charged in connection with a Lexington murder.

Police arrested 20-year-old Johnie White last Wednesday on several charges including Tampering with Physical Evidence. Police say White assisted in the disposal of the weapon used in connection with the murder of Derek Pelphrey.

Police say Trustin Jones shot and killed Pelphrey last week off Wilson Downing Road. Jones is charged with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Robert Guernsey is also facing a Complicity to Murder charge in connection with the case.

Today in court we learned a possible motive as a Lexington Police detective took the stand.

According to Lexington Police Detective Timothy Upchurch, Jones told police that Robert Guernsey asked him to get a large amount of money from Pelphrey, that he had loaned to him and didn't think Pelphrey was good to pay him back on.

So Jones followed Pelphrey from BCTCS that Tuesday night to the Spangler drive area to collect.

"His reason was to get the money and narcotics Guernsey believed the victim had, to get the proceeds from the robbery and split the proceeds," said Detective Upchurch during his testimony.

Derrick Pelphrey's family was present in court today and issued this written statment:
"We are blessed to be surrounded by loving family, friends and a caring community during this difficult time. Those who knew Derek, know the loving and unselfish person he was. We love Derek with all our hearts and will miss him every minute for the rest of our lives. This is any parent's worst nightmare and we are devastated."

They go on to say, "We are grateful to the police for their hard work, the media for its respect and the community for its continued support and love. Because of the ongoing case and our current emotional state, we have no further comment at this time. Thank you and God Bless."

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