UPDATE POSTED 7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A homicide suspect’s request to have his bond reduced was denied Wednesday by a Fayette Circuit judge, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Judge Lucy Vanmeter kept Benjamin Call’s bond at $750,000. He requested the bond be reduced to $100,000, according to the report.
More details about the case came out at Wednesday’s hearing. Lexington Police Detective Tim Moore testified Call’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crime was 0.309, which is nearly four times the legal limit, according to the Herald-Leader.
The report says Call, who lives in Pomeroy, Ohio, was in Lexington for a contracting job and he met John “Ty” Abner at Pies & Pints where the two had food and drinks together on October 26, 2021. Surveillance footage showed the two later that evening at Centro on Cheapside Park, according to the report.
Detective Moore testified Call and Abner then went to the Victorian Square Parking Garage on West Short Street where Call allegedly beat Abner to death on the fifth floor, according to the report. Surveillance video of the incident was played in court, refuting Call’s claim that he wasn’t the main aggressor, according to the report.
Detective Moore testified Call had no recollection of the attack or the time spent with Abner at Centro, according to the Herald-Leader.
Abner was among a record 37 homicide victims in Lexington in 2021, but the only one that didn’t involve a gun, according to Lexington Police data.
UPDATE POSTED 12:01 p.m. TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Murder charges against a 39-year-old Ohio man will be reviewed by the Fayette County Grand Jury.
During a brief hearing Tuesday morning in Fayette County District Court, Benjamin Call waived a preliminary hearing and had the charges forward. He is accused of beating and stomping 31-year-old Ty Abner to death in the Victorian Square parking garage in downtown Lexington on Oct. 25.
A request to lower Call’s $750,000 bond to $150,000 was denied. He remains in the Fayette County Detention Center.
UPDATE POSTED 11:00 P.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 30, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Halloween is a time of year where people can dress up and be anything they want to be, that’s what family and friends of Ty Abner say was one thing he loved most about the holiday.
For the past 5 years, Ty and his husband, John, shared their love for Halloween with others by making a haunted house, in their garage. Ty’s family says he wouldn’t want a funeral but to be remembered through his passion, the haunted garage.
“His dream was to have so many people here and really make a difference because Ty never believed he could really make a difference, even though he really could’ve and he did,” says James Coots, friend and neighbor.
Those who knew Ty say he was a big part of a lot of people’s lives, but they didn’t realize just how many that was until they came for the haunted garage. His loved ones say the number of people who showed up for him meant the world to them and it would have to Ty as well.
“It helps us all to kind of cope and to know that he was a part of all of us and he’ll still live on through everything he’s worked for and tried to do,” says Coots.
Friends and family say Ty cared deeply for people and had a way of making them feel like they were the only person that mattered when with him. It’s traits like these Ty’s loved ones hope to share with everyone they come to know.
“I hope everybody here can leave tonight with that amazement that he had with life, with that love of life he had, with that child-like wonder that he looked at everything with, with those child’s eyes,” says Coots.
The haunted garage will continue Sunday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 740 Nickwood Trail in Lexington with donations being accepted for the Lexington Humane Society.
UPDATE POSTED 1:25 P.M. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A slain man’s love for Halloween will carry on this weekend and benefit another one of his loves.
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.
Friends and family say he was planning another edition this year before his death.
“Everyone who ever met Ty Abner
knows how much he loved Halloween. Every year he would take the time to transform his garage into a haunted house for the neighborhood kids to enjoy and participate in. On weekends he would become Tiggles the Clown and guide you through his ‘not so scary but still kinda creepy’ haunted maze
creation,” a friend wrote on Facebook, announcing the tradition will continue.
“With his tragic passing we thought a lot about how Ty would want to be celebrated, and we know Ty would want the show to go on! Although he will not be here to guide you through, we would like to open up his haunted garage one last time. It is free and open to the public as always, but we will be accepting donations for the Lexington Humane Society to benefit Ty’s love of animals,” friend Genevieve Price said on Facebook.
The event will be 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 740 Nickwood Trail in Lexington.
Police say 39-year-old Benjamin Call, of Pomeroy, Ohio, has been charged with beating and stomping Abner to death in the Victorian Court garage at 350 W. Short St. Police have said the two knew each other but have not given a motive or their relationship.
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
the victim worked, according to arrest affidavits in the case.
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.