Police say Demarcus Williams shot and killed 19-year-old Christopher Thongs last week on East Loudon Avenue.
WKYT has now learned Williams walked away from a halfway house last month.
Wednesday, in court, Lexington police told a judge Demarcus Williams confessed to them, he killed 19-year-old Christopher Thongs.
"During the interview with Mr. Williams, in a recorded interview, after he was read his Miranda rights, that he in fact shot the victim," Lexington Police Detective Timothy Upchurch told a judge.
As we learn more about Thong's death, we learn more about Williams's previous convictions. The Department of Corrections tells us a parole board released Williams from prison in February, after serving four and a half years for possession of a handgun. They also say he walked away from supervision while on parole just last month.
"This person wouldn't be dead if this guy was serving his original sentence," explained retired police detective Don Evans, who believes Kentucky needs to take a hard look at its parole board, since Williams was in violation of his parole when police say he killed Thongs.
"There's this rush to release individuals. That's something obviously the state is wrestling with as they work their budgets and whatever. What's not being counted is the cost to the people and the community," Evans says.