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Exantus Trial: Suspect In Stabbing Death Of Boy, 6, Cited TV Shows After Slaying

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Many of the details in this report are disturbing.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The suspect in the 2015 stabbing death of a 6-year-old Woodford County boy told police just after the killing that he had gotten lost in Versailles and referenced TV shows in describing why he stopped near a family's home before allegedly breaking in and slaying the boy.

Prosecutors showed jurors Tuesday a recording of Versailles police interviewing Ronald Exantus, an Indianapolis man accused of killing Logan Tipton with a butcher knife.

In the interview, Exantus appears calm and initially coherent but frequently rambles. His comments grow more bizarre as the interview progresses to talk of why he stopped in Versailles and attacked the child.

Exantus, who worked as a dialysis nurse, says in the recording that he was thinking about the TV shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." The Tiptons' home is on the corner of Gray and Douglas.

Exantus later says when he saw Logan in bed he wanted to "do surgery."

"I took knife and stabbed a child. I am a nurse," Exantus says on the recording. "I saw 'Grey's Anatomy' and stabbed a child. People should get the chair if (they) kill a child."

The officer asks Exantus for more details.

"So, you just walk in this house and saw a child and decided to stab him?" the officer asks.

"No, I saw 'Grey's Anatomy' and I thought surgery," Exantus says.

"And where did you stab this child?" the officer asks.

"Uh, in the head," Exantus replies.

Earlier, a Versailles police officer took the stand, describing the chaotic scene he encountered as one the first responders.

Officer Scott Cottingham told jurors he fought with Exantus.

Cottingham said Exantus later critiqued how officers were performed CPR on the mortally wounded boy.

In the police interview, Exantus tells police he took anti-depressants.

"I didn't feel safe in Indiana, had resentment over my daughter," he says in the recording.

In the afternoon, forensic experts testified Exantus tested positive for the presence of THC in his system, indicating he had ingested marijuana. Police said they found a small amount of the drug in his vehicle.

Prosecutors are working to show Exantus was not mentally ill at the time of the crime. Defense attorneys argue Exantus was delusional and in a psychotic state when Logan was killed.

The new details come a day after heart-rending testimony from Logan's father, Dean Tipton, who told jurors of fighting off Exantus and gathering up his dying child into his arms.

Tipton said Logan was struggling to breathe, and about 10 seconds later, the boy closed his eyes.

"He died in my arms," Tipton said Monday.

Earlier Monday, prosecutors had played recordings of a 911 call made by Logan's then-11-year-old sister and police body camera footage from the night the boy was killed.

Versailles police have described the encounter as "a scene of chaos and terror."

Prosecutors say Exantus crept into the Tipton's Versailles home Dec. 7, 2015, and stabbed Logan to death and injured his sisters. Assistant prosecutor Keith Eardley said Monday that it took 60 to 90 seconds for the child to die.

Logan's now-13-year-old sister Koral also took the stand Monday.

Eardley told the jury that the girl awoke that night to find Exantus plunging a butcher knife into her brother's head. Koral told jurors Monday that Exantus had two knives: a butcher knife and a butter knife.

Prosecutors played a recording Monday of the girl calling 911 and saying, "We have a robber in my room."

Police body camera footage showed a chaotic scene. Police rushed to get Logan to the hospital and showed an officer calling Exantus a "piece of shit."

The defense had tried but failed to get a judge to rule Exantus mentally incompetent to stand trial.

On Monday, his defense attorney told jurors Exantus was mentally ill and described a man beset by paranoia and delusions.

"Ron has a mental illness," the defense attorney told jurors. "It made him drive from Indy to Versailles on the way to Florida."

Exantus has been under psychiatric evaluation since his arrest. A doctor testified that Exantus heard voices and exhibited odd behaviors before the slaying. Prior to Logan's death, Exantus had contemplated suicide but told the doctor that he had no means to do it.

The defense said Exantus had suffered concussions during years of playing football. They said prosecutors want to blame drugs but the issue is mental illness.

Exantus later ripped out his dreadlocks while in jail, the defense attorney said.

They said Exantus is no longer psychotic since receiving medication after his arrest.

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