LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The case against the man charged in Lexington's latest murder is moving forward. Chico Rucker is accused of killing his girlfriend, Elmia Farris.
A maintenance worker found Farris' body near a dumpster behind an apartment complex on Marietta Driver earlier this month.
During a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, a Lexington police detective testified that Rucker told them Farris initiated a fight between the couple.
Rucker told detectives that he was sleeping when Farris jumped on top of him and accused him of cheating. Detectives say Rucker told them Farris put her hand around his neck. That's when he pushed her off of the bed and she hit her head.
Rucker told detectives he left and when he came back the next day he found his Farris dead in the same spot where he left her. Detectives say Rucker put her body in a trash bag, bound it with duct tape and then cleaned up the area where she died.
"Mr. Rucker stated that during an altercation he had shoved or pushed Ms. Farris out of the bed, causing her to hit her head on an unknown object, causing her death," says Det. Bill Brislin with Lexington Police.
Rucker has pleaded not guilty to murder and tampering with physical evidence. The judge waived his case on to a grand jury. Rucker's bond was set for $500,000.
WKYT reached out to Farris' family and friends after the hearing but they declined an interview, saying 'it's too soon.'