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Lexington man charged with murder, attempted murder

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a murder suspect.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 7:01 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a murder suspect.

Police say 40-year-old Robert Okorley is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, criminal mischief, and possessing a handgun as a felon in connection with the November 2021 homicide of Jesse Jimenez.

The arrest citation says a deputy arrested Okorley Monday night.

After the shooting happened in November, WKYT spoke with one of the men shot in the incident, who we are not identifying at this time.

He says a man, who court documents identify as Mario Sanchez-Barba, ran out in front of his car as he drove to work outbound along West Main Street early in the morning on November 5. He says as Sanchez-Barba tried to enter his car as shots rang out. The man was hit in the arm and he drove himself, along with Sanchez-Barba to the hospital.

Police say when they came back to the scene, they found Jimenez dead inside an open apartment.

New information, obtained via court documents, says a fight between Okorley and Sanchez-Barba led to Okorley pulling out his handgun and trying to shoot Sanchez-Barba.

However, the documents say Okorley ultimately shot Jimenez in the head, killing him and prompting Sanchez-Barba to flee the apartment.

Okorley appeared in court via video Tuesday afternoon. His bond was set to $885,000 and the judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 29.

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