Police Charge Lexington Man With Killing His Aunt

A Lexington man is arrested for reckless homicide, charged in his aunt's death. Police say the woman died after being hit in the head.

Lexington police charged 21-year-old Patrick Combs on Thursday afternoon.

They say he's responsible for Jennie Beckum's death. She passed away this weekend, eight days after she was hit outside a home on Withers Avenue.

Combs' mother spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST about her son's arrest.

"He's terrified, he don't know what to do, he's scared to death because he know he didn't do this. He knows she knows he didn't do this," Dorothy Lamb said.

Patrick Combs' mom has been taking to Combs from jail, ever since police served him with a charge of killing his aunt.

"Patrick said he don't remember hitting her, it's a possibility it could have hit her, she may have fell and hit curb," Lamb said.

His mom says two men followed Patrick home early on the morning of June first. The three got into a heated argument.

That's when police reports say Patrick picked up a board and started to throw it at the men. Police say as Patrick drew back to throw the board, he hit his aunt in the head.

"When he seen his aunt laying on the ground, he picked her up and packed her in the house. He said- mom you need to come home I can't get Yaya to wake up," Lamb said.

Beckum died from the injuries 7 days later. Patrick's mother says he and Beckum were the best of friends. Wherever one was, the other was close behind.

"He would never, ever do anything to harm his aunt," she said.

Combs stands charged with reckless homicide and is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center. His bond is set at $7500.


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  • by Yo SHAYLA Location: Somerset-THAT FIGURES on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    You know in his own way he does blame himself, DUH he KILLED his poor aunt by clocking her with a board. Go back to spray painting graffiti under bridges.
  • by Go Directly to Jail Location: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.00 on Jun 14, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    I just looked this boy up on the jail website and he DOES have a violent history. Check him out, jail.lfucg.com Assault 4th. Wanton Endangerment 2nd. Criminal Mischief 1st. and Disorderly Conduct, nope no violence here, NOT.
  • by JENNIFER Location: PRESTONSBURG on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:56 AM
    IM WITH WHAT KIM SAID IT'S TRUE KEEP THIS YOUNG MAN IN YOUR PRAYERS AND HIS MOM AND HIS AUNT THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH WHO IS KNOW IN HEAVEN..
  • by Shayla Location: Somerset on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    I have known Patrick for about 3 years. For this to have happened was a complete accident. He is not a violent person. He would never hurt his aunt. He was very close to her. I havent got to talk to him since it happened but I plan to be by his side thruough this if he wants my help. I honestly hope he is not charged with the crime and pulls through this. I know in his own way he does blame himself. Why should he be charged in a court of law for a crime that was an accident when he will likely hold himself accountable for the rest of his life? Hang in there honey me and mom are behind you all the way!
  • by stayci Location: nicholasville on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    it was an accident and the family doesnt think that any charges should go any further he will have to deal with this the rest of his life and i know personally because i am a family member that he is deeply sorry and would give his own life for hers
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    @kim Location: Pikeville he was tryin to fight in the streets and swung back a lethal weapon to hit some body with. It just so happened because hes a fool he hit some one he loved and murdered her. According to your reasonin we should release people for being stupid or simply not knowing any better. That means we have to let everyone go. And seriously he acceptes he killed her? uhh no he dont read what his mon said he dont think he shoudl go to jail. Maybe the community should stand up at his aunts funeral to show what being a punk does to the ones you love? Maybe the next time some one in his family wants to grab a weapon and act tough theyll grab a phone and call teh cops instead?
  • by Paulette Location: somerset ky on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    My daughter knew this boy very well, she said he is not a violent person at all. What kind of society do we live in that goes after a person who made 1 wrong decision and it resulted in an ACCIDENT that resulted in the death of his aunt. This boy is SUFFERING enough from this loss of his beloved aunt. Give him a break , give him some support. Is it not enough that he is going to have to live with the fact every day for the rest of his life that this accident resulted in her death. Why does the law not spend more time on catching the people out there who INTENTIONALLY killed someone and leave this boy alone and let him greive in peace. Hang in there Patrick there are a few people standing behind you.
  • by kim Location: Pikeville on Jun 13, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    If this really happened like the report says it happened than I think our justice system of failing this young man. I think that if someone has an honest accident which causes harm or death to another person then that person is already holding themselves accountible and they should not be charged with a crime. He did not commit a crime against his aunt, he simply made a poor judgement call which ended up killing someone unintentially. I think someone should stand up for this young man and the community should stand up for him as well and try to get this stopped. The people who are charging him should stop and put themselves in his shoes and see what they would want to happen.
  • by Anonymous Location: Louisville on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    In a society where people want to blame someone for everything...we lose the realization that some things are just accidents. This young man never meant to hurt his loved one. Would this beloved aunt have wanted her nephew charged with her murder???

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