UPDATE: 25-year-old man charged with murder after stabbing woman to death in Lexington

This is the city's 8th homicide of 2022

UPDATE: (10:00 P.M. MARCH 19TH, 2022) – Lexington Police have charged 25-year-old Justus Bales with the murder of 54-year-old Leslie Bales Saturday morning.

Police have not confirmed the relationship between the two.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lexington Police.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman was stabbed to death overnight in Lexington, the city’s 8th homicide of 2022, according to Lexington Police.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 54-year old Leslie Bales, of Lexington.

Police say around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Stratford Drive for a report of an assault with a weapon.

Upon arrival, they found Bales suffering from multiple stab wounds.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say a person has been charged in the case, but no name was released.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at (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.

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