UPDATE: Grand jury will review downtown garage beating death
Suspect waives preliminary hearing in downtown garage incident
UPDATE POSTED 11:00 P.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 30, 2021
Meanwhile, the man accused of killing him pleaded not guilty during a brief initial appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.
Benjamin Call, 39, of Pomeroy, Ohio, entered his plea during a video appearance in Fayette County District Court. His bond was set at $750,000 and he has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. He is represented by a court-appointed public defender.
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Ty Abner, who Call is accused of killing in an assault Monday night in a downtown Lexington parking garage, would make Halloween a treat each year by turning his garage into a haunted house for neighborhood children to enjoy.
UPDATE POSTED 4 P.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 39-year-old Ohio man beat a Lexington man to death with his fists and feet in an assault in a downtown Lexington parking garage near where
According to the affidavits signed by Lexington Police officer Timothy Moore, Benjamin William Call, of Pomeroy, Ohio, who goes by ‘Benji,’ also made statements that corroborated a murder charge and the attack was captured on surveillance video.
According to Lexington Police, at about 9:50 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a disorder in the Victorian Square parking garage at 350 W. Short Street. When they arrived, they found Benjamin Call assaulting 31-year-old John Tyler ‘Ty’ Abner, who worked nearby at Pies and Pints restaurant.
Call, who, like Abner, is married according to court records, was arrested shortly thereafter. He has been charged with murder and faces his initial appearance in Fayette County District Court via video at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Police previously said the two knew each other, but they have not said how, although Abner also was from Ohio before moving to Lexington.
UPDATE POSTED 11 A.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 39-year-old Ohio man has been charged with murder after a man dies during an assault at a downtown Lexington parking garage. It
marks the first homicide of the year not involving a shooting, according to police statistics.
According to Lexington Police, at about 9:50 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a disorder in the Victorian Square parking garage at 350 W. Short Street. When they arrived, they found Benjamin Call assaulting John Tyler ‘Ty’ Abner, according to police and Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.
Call was detained and officers provided first aid, but the Lexington Fire Department pronounced Abner dead at the scene. Ginn confirmed the death at 11:03 p.m., according to a statement from his office.
Ginn said Abner suffered “blunt trauma injuries” but did not say with what he was assaulted. Police also would not disclose those details or what might have prompted the incident.
Ginn said an autopsy will determine and actual cause of death, but he ruled it a homicide.
Call just turned 39 Friday.
The death is the city’s 31st of the year, three short of last year’s record.
Call is charged with murder and remains in the Fayette County Detention Center.
Detectives believe the suspect and victim knew each other prior to the assault. This investigation is still ongoing.
Abner is from Waverly, Ohio and attended Piketon High School, according to his Facebook page.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 11:30 P.M. MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One man is dead and another hospitalized following a reported assault in the Victorian Square parking garage on West Short Street, according to Lexington Police.
Investigators say there was a report of a disorder in the parking garage around 9:50 p.m. on Monday.
Police say one man died in the garage from his injuries. The extent of the other man’s injuries wasn’t immediately known, according to investigators.
No names were released.
As of this writing, police are still trying to determine what happened and why.