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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The man charged in Lexington's latest murder faced a judge for the first time Tuesday afternoon.

38-year-old Chico Rucker was arraigned on the charges in Fayette County District Court, just two days after the body of Elmia Farris was discovered outside an apartment complex on Marietta Drive.

According to a police report, Rucker admitted to the crime. However, In court he entered into a not guilty plea to both the murder charge and to the tampering with physical evidence.

Rucker was arrested Sunday for outstanding warrants but it wasn't
until Monday, Lexington police charged him with the Farris' murder.

Her body was discovered Sunday. A maintenance worker told police he found her body near a dumpster outside of an apartment building on Marietta Drive.

Police confirm that Rucker and Farris lived together in the apartment complex.

While the investigation continues, according to a court document, Rucker admitted that he intentionally caused the death of his victim.

Rucker will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 16.

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The Fayette County coroner's office has identified the body found lying next to a Lexington dumpster Sunday afternoon.

The coroners report says that the body is that of 32-year-old Elmia Farris of Lexington.

Farris' body was found Sunday afternoon near a dumpster behind an apartment complex off Marietta Drive.

38-year-old Chico Rucker, a man police say was living with the victim at the apartment complex, was arrested on Sunday night for outstanding warrants and is now being charged in her murder.

Rucker is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge at a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Fayette District Court.

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Twenty-four hours. That's how long police say they needed to solve a grim murder case where a woman's decomposed body was found near a dumpster behind an apartment complex off Marietta Drive.

"It was a situation where it could've gone any way," said Sherelle Roberts for the Lexington Police Department.

Police say the case the started out slowly but after they learned the victim's identity the pieces quickly fell together.

"This was a situation that developed very quickly and it all really hinged upon everybody cooperating together," Roberts stated.

The pieces lead investigators to 38-year-old Chico Rucker, a man police say was living with the victim at the apartment complex. Family members say the victim was his girlfriend, Elmia Farris.

"I just can't believe that she's gone, I can't believe she's gone," said one of Farris' cousins, who did not want to be identified.

The cousin, still emotional over the loss, did not hold back her feelings about the suspect.

"She (Farris) did not deserve that and that Chico Rucker he's going to rot in hell."

Police arrested Rucker on Sunday night, after they learned he had outstanding warrants from Jefferson County. Roberts said investigators had a hunch he might be involved, but they didn't charge him with murder and tampering with evidence until after the victim's identity was found in the autopsy.

Police say the tampering with evidence charge is because they believe Rucker moved Farris' body to the dumpster.

The neighbors say they are glad the gruesome case is closed.

"We'd see her come out of the building and walk to the store, or something like that, and lately we hadn't seen her come out of the building for the last couple of weeks," answered Samuel Robbins.

"It kind of scared me because I can't count the times I've talked to the guy at the washing machines or here, at the mail box," added Stephen Carpenter, who lives at the same complex.

"I'm just really thankful that everything is solved and they got their man and the family can get closure, now," said Robbins.

While it took just a day's time to solve, it will take a long time for people to get over the murder on Marietta.


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