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Murder suspect connected with burned body found in Bourbon Co. appears in court

Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 12:34 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The case against a Lexington murder suspect is moving forward.

Cecil Russell is charged with the murder of Lazarus Parker. Parker was found in a burned Nissan Altima last month at a farm on the Fayette-Bourbon County line. Police say Parker was shot before the car was set on fire.

“Mr. Russell gave a statement that he was in the house and did engage in an argument with Lazarus Parker that night,” Detective Jeff Davey with Kentucky State Police said.

Testifying in Cecil Russell’s case Tuesday morning, Detective Davey says a witness told police four people, herself, her boyfriend, Russell and Lazarus Parker, were in a home on Dakota Street, when she says an argument began. She said she then heard gun shots.

“He also admitted to being in the vehicle and taking the vehicle, he says, ‘somewhere in the county’ before it was caught on fire,” Detective Davey said.

The defense noted that the witness and her boyfriend were arrested in the Dakota Street home earlier this month. But they are not facing Russell’s murder charge. They also noted weapons were found in the home at that time.

Until ballistic reports come back, the prosecution and defense both noted at this time, police can’t confirm if these weapons were used to kill Parker, or who fired them. Judge Lindsay Thurston ruled there is enough evidence for Russell’s case to go to the grand jury.

“Your own statements as it relates to the car and you being in the barn, certainly puts you right around the scene of the crime,” Judge Thurston said.

The judge did also lower Russell’s bond to $300,000. It was set up near $1 million previously.

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