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2 charged with 2019 murder after victim dies months later

Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 17:00:42-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Two men have been charged with murder in connection to what was initially classified as an assault.

William T. Justus, 50, and Mervil Spencer, Jr., 48, were arrested Thursday for the death of Michael Coyle, age 59.

According to police, officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Dec. 14, 2019. At the time of the incident, officers believed Coyle was the aggressor, and he was charged with Assault 2nd. Coyle subsequently passed away in January. The Fayette County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives say they learned additional information that showed Justus and Spencer to be the ones who intentionally attacked Coyle and caused his injuries.

Lexington police say this now brings the number of homicides in 2019 to 30.