LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The accused killer of six-year-old Versailles boy Logan Tipton described what led to his stabbing death in a 2015 interview with detectives.
Day two of the Ronald Exantus trial began with members of Versailles police offering testimony.
In his testimony, lead detective Keith Ford identified the butcher knife he said was the murder weapon.
Exantus is accused of murdering Tipton in a Dec. 7, 2015 stabbing with the butcher knife. The defense has argued that he suffers mental illness, but they are not disputing that Exantus killed Tipton.
The prosecution then played a video of Exantus' interview with detectives following the stabbing.
Detectives were confused about what led Exantus to the Versailles home, as it was well off the path from his family in Florida.
#Exantus says he stopped in Versailles because he was back and forth on to go to his family in Florida or back to fiancé in Indiana. Detective = “I’m just still confused because we are not on a direct route between Indianapolis and Florida” #RonaldExantusTrial pic.twitter.com/BQiDeNgHX9— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) March 6, 2018
Detective: “Why did you park your car in Versailles and get out and walk? #Exantus: “I saw a sign.” unable to say what the sign was Det: “Do you know who’s house you went in?” Exantus: “That man that put me in a chokehold.” #RonaldExantusTrial pic.twitter.com/bkNOAn7r15— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) March 6, 2018
The detective then asked what made Exantus stab Logan Tipton, and his response was the ABC television show "Grey's Anatomy."
#Exantus says when he saw Logan on the bed he saw Grey’s Anatomy & surgery. Detective: where did you stab him? Exantus: in the head Detective: What should happen to someone who stabs a child? Exantus: jail. Detective: and if they die? Exantus: The should get the chair— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) March 6, 2018
The prosecution mentioned during the trial's first day that Exantus would binge-watch "Grey's Anatomy" and "Law & Order."
Detectives have said it did not appear Exantus was on drugs or alcohol at the time of the stabbing, even though they found marijuana in his vehicle.
Initial screen showed THC (marijuana) Forensic scientist says THC was inactive so it was not impacting the individual. Conclusion of test was that #Exantus smoked marijuana at some time ... can’t say when exactly pic.twitter.com/h8rAcFdGPa— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) March 6, 2018
Exantus' defense asked a Versailles officer about his booking sheet, which said that he thought he was suffering some form of mental condition.
Defense attorney now asking officer about booking sheet he filled out. One question on the form asking if there are any signs that suggest mental illness or retardation ... the officer checked yes #Exantus pic.twitter.com/cHrdSSynyK— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) March 6, 2018