Lexington man charged in gruesome murder of ex-girlfriend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Patrick Ryan Jones, 24, is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse in connection with a homicide investigation that began Thursday morning on Malabu Drive.

Police were called to Malabu Drive, just off Nicholasville Road, around six Thursday morning for reports of suspicious activity near an apartment complex. When they arrived they found a body.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says the victim's body was mutilated and that parts of her body were found in two dumpsters. She has since been identified by Ginn's office as Haley Bourgeois. Ginn says they were able to positively identify her based on a tattoo.

Officers taped off three different scenes along Malabu Drive, in the area of Malabu Manor Apartments, Brookhaven Apartments, and a nearby office building.

Lexington Police took Jones into custody for questioning on Thursday morning. He was charged on Thursday afternoon.

Through the course of the investigation, Lexington Police say they discovered Jones got into an altercation with the victim before using a blunt object to kill her.

People who live in the area say the crime has them concerned for their safety.

"Hurt for the family, loved ones, because you never know when your time is going to come. People should cherish loved ones and family and not do all this killing," said Sharon Cable, who lives in the neighborhood.

Court documents obtained from the Fayette County Circuit Court electronic records system show both Jones and Bourgeois filed emergency protection orders against one another in September 2015. The documents cite "domestic and interpersonal violence" as the reason behind the EPO's. Both Jones and Bourgeois dismissed their cases against each other in October 2015.

Court documents also show the couple shared at least one child together.

"My grandson told me that (and my daughter) that they fought a lot, that they could hear them fighting up there," Fay Ivey said. Ivey lives near the crime scene.

An autopsy will likely take place on Bourgeois on Friday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort.

The victim has been identified as Haley Bourgeois.

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