Man accused of murdering 18-year-old in Lexington has preliminary hearing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A man accused of shooting a teenager will go before a grand jury.

Darryl Russell had a preliminary hearing in Fayette County on Wednesday morning after being charged with shooting and killing 18-year-old Darian Webb.

Detectives said multiple witnesses saw Russell fire the single shot that killed Darian Webb. That was enough for Judge Bruce Bell to find probable cause and send Russell’s case to the grand jury.

Russell, 53, is charged with domestic violence, assault and murder following a series of altercations at a house in Chase Place.

Homicide detective Tavis Holt testified Wednesday morning that around 5:26 a.m., Lexington police were called to the home to a domestic violence situation. When they arrived, he said they found 18-year-old Darian Webb lying in the front room of the house with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

He died in British Hospital later that day.

Witnesses told police that Russell and his girlfriend had a fight in an upstairs room where the domestic assault took place. They say Webb tried to step in and confront Russell before a fight started between Russell and Webb in the upstairs room.

“They all went downstairs, where Mr. Russell fired a single shot at the victim, hitting him in the chest,” said Lexington Police Department homicide detective Travis Holt. “Immediately after the shot, Mr. Russell started shouting, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I didn’t want to do it.

Police say Russell fled the scene and then contacted police from a lawyer’s office.

Russell’s defense made no argument against finding probable cause, but asked the judge to lower his bond to $100,000 in cash.

Judge Bell elected to keep bail set at $750,000 and sent the case to a grand jury.

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