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Police: Murder suspect says he intended to kill victim

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Lexington's most recent murder case will go to a grand jury.

Edgar Vieyra is charged with murder following the break-in and shooting at a home on Wayland Drive that left Librado Romero dead.

In court monday, a Lexington Police detective told more of the story he says unfolded in an interview with Vieyra.

"He says he observed Mr. Romero, and that his intention when he went in the residence was to kill Mr. Romero."

The family believed Vieyra was likely after one of Romero's daughters who had a protective order filed against Vieyra, who is her ex-boyfriend and father of her three children.

Romero's son says their father died trying to protect his family.

"I saw my dad on the floor, laid out and there was blood everywhere," says Ulises Romero, "He always been real protective of us, since we were little kids."

Police say that Vieyra fired multiple shots, hitting Mr. Romero several times and his wife three times.

A defense attorney says if in fact Vieyra went after Romero, it's because he felt threatened by him.

"What did that do to his head? How did he try and resolve the issue?" says Tom Griffith, "Did he panic? We don't know all the facts and evidence in this case just yet."

Family members of Romero, who were at the home through the whole incident, were in the courtroom Monday, but they did not make any comments after the hearing.

The judge sent the case on to a grand jury, and Vieyra will remain in jail with no bond.

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