Jan 14, 2013 10:17 AM
(AP) - Lexington police solved 13 of 14 homicides in 2012 - fewer killings than other similarly-sized cities around the country.
Police Lt. Wallace Hays credited the clearance rate to detectives, who worked the cases and drew information from the public that proved key in making arrests.
Hays told the Lexington Herald-Leader the cases were fueled by robberies, drugs and domestic disputes that stemmed from jealousy and fits of rage.
Lexington's population is about 295,800. Other cities with similar populations saw more slayings in 2013.
There were 16 homicides in Corpus Christi, Texas, which has a population of 305,215.
Police in Toledo, Ohio, which has a population of 287,208, investigated 36 homicides.
Hays said 11 of the 14 solved cases resulted in arrests. Two homicides were "justified" or cases of self-defense.
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