Defendant Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter In Lexington Stabbing Death

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter In Lexington Stabbing Death

A man, accused of murder, has instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a 2012 stabbing just before he was to go on trial.
A defendant, facing a murder trial after a 2012 Lexington stabbing, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter just as his trial was about to begin.

Gerardo Turcios-Rodriquez was accused of killing Douglas Saylor, after someone found Saylor stabbed in the kitchen of his home on Elsmere Park on June 2nd, 2012.

But before the trial began, Turcios-Rodriquez pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Lexington Herald-Leader says Turcios-Rodriquez told the court, through an interpreter, that he was drunk at the time and didn't remember much. He says Saylor invited him to his home, starting "touching" him, and he pushed Saylor away. He says he took a knife away from Saylor, but remembers nothing else until he arrived back at his own home.

The prosecution is recommending a 16-year sentence. Sentencing is set for January 24th.

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