UPDATE: Third arrest in murder of man found in burned-out car


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington police say a third person has been arrested in the murder of Joseph Trevor Dilger, whose body was found in a burned-out car in Lexington.

Officers say they charged 23-year-old Justin Slone on Thursday in connection to the case.

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He is facing charges of tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.  Additionally, the Lexington Fire Department has charged him with arson.

ABC 36’s Fadia Patterson spoke to one of Dilger’s friends, and has more on the story in the video above.


5:43 a.m.

Police make arrests in the murder of a man whose body was found in a burned car on a rural Lexington road.

Police charged 21-year-old Jeremy Harris and 32-year-old Christie Hanley.

Jeremy Harris, Christie Hanley
Jeremy Harris, Christie Hanley (Photos Courtesy: Fayette Co. Detention Center)

Harris is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Hanley is charged with with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Investigators say Harris killed Joseph Trevor Dilger and Hanley helped cover up the crime.

According to court documents, Harris killed Dilger with a handgun on September 4th.

After killing him, documents say Harris took Dilger’s car, placed his body in it, drove it to Redd Road and Elkchester Road and set the vehicle on fire.

According to Hanley’s arrest citation, she purchased the gasoline to set the car on fire.

Documents do not say what led to the murder.

Police say Harris and Hanley are also charged with an unrelated robbery last month at a home on Village Drive.