Childhood friend speaks out on Kentucky National Guardman’s murder

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police say three suspects are now in custody following the murder of  Kentucky National Guardsman, Joseph Trevor Dilger.

Investigators found Dilger’s body in the back seat of a vehicle that had been set on fire off of Redd road in Lexington.

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Those who knew him best say Dilger was a fun, loving and generous friend. One of his childhood friends, Nathan Hyden told ABC 36 that generosity may have cost Dilger his life.

“I’m not sure what the relationship was, but I believe he was trying to help them and got taken advantage of,” said Hyden.

Hyden is referring to Jeremy Harris, 21, Justin Slone, 23 and Christie Hanley, 32 are now in custody and charged in connection to Dilger’s death.

Court documents say Harris is charged with murder after killing Dilger with a handgun on September 4th. Hanley and Slone are charged with helping to cover up the crime. Investigators say Hanley purchased the gasoline used to torch Dilger’s car with his body still inside.

Hyden recalled hearing the news of Dilger’s death and told ABC 36 there are still so many unanswered questions — including why his friend’s life was taken so violently.

“When you think about somebody getting killed like that you think about the cartel — not someone like Trevor,” said Hyden.

Investigators have not shared any possible motives for the murder. Two suspects are scheduled to appear in court Thursday. Hyden told ABC 36 he’s hopeful for justice and is holding on to his memory of a great friend.”He always had his buddies back,” Hyden said. “He’d do whatever to help you. He was a good dude.”

ABC 36 will be in court for  Thursday’s hearing and will have more updates on this story as it becomes available.