UPDATE: Gruesome details emerge in recent Lexington homicide

The new information was revealed during a Friday court hearing in the murder of 64-year old William Ashby

Update from April 15, 2022:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Several new details emerged Friday during a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court in connection to the murder of 64-year old William Ashby, of Lexington.

Lexington Police Detective Kristyn Klingshirn testified she thinks the victim’s body had been in a room at the Catalina Motel on West New Circle Road at least four days before being discovered on April 8, 2022, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Police went to the motel after receiving a tip there might be a dead person in one of the room’s, according to the report.

Investigators did find Ashby’s body underneath a bed, his feet bound together with duct tape and his throat slashed, according to the report.

Det. Klingshirn says police found an overdue rental car leased to to one of the murder suspect’s, Danny Sims, in front of the room where the body was found and that it had two newly-purchased tarps, a roll of duct tape and some of Alysha Noel’s belongings.  She is the other murder suspect in the case.

Sims and Noel were at the scene when police arrived and they were taken in for questioning, according to the report.

During a one-to-two hour interview with Sims, he told investigators all three were in the motel room when Ashby and Noel got into an argument after Ashby claimed Noel was doing drugs in the bathroom, according to the report.  Sims told police he got involved in the argument, then hit Ashby with a metal object before Noel cut Ashby’s throat with a box cutter while he was lying on the floor, according to the report.

The report says Sims cleaned the murder weapons and put the box cutter in a dresser drawer and the metal tool in his car.  Police found both items, according to the report.

After staying at the Bryan Station Inn for a few nights, Sims and Noel returned to the Catalina Motel and cleaned up the room, threw Ashby’s belongings and the cutout section of the blood-stained carpet into a dumpster, which was not recovered by police, according to the report.  Sims and Noel covered the cut-out section of carpet with a mat, according to the report.

Sims told investigators that Noel is his girlfriend, but she denies that relationship, according to the report.

Following testimony at the preliminary hearing, the judge found probable cause in Sims’ and Noel’s cases and sent them both to a grand jury for consideration.

Sims and Noel remain in the Fayette County Detention Center on $500,000 bond’s.



Original story below from April 9, 2022:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police are investigating after the city’s most recent homicide.

According to the Lexington Police Department, officers responded to the 200 block of West New Circle Road around 1: 27 p.m. Friday to help another agency.

When officers arrived, they found a 64-year-old man dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as William C. Ashby, of Lexington.

Lexington Police have charged two people in connection to the homicide.

Police say 50-year-old Danny Sims and 30-year-old Alysha Noel were arrested and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Both Sims and Noel are currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to call the Lexington Police Department.

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