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Fugitive Sought, Man Held In Fatal Shooting Outside Lexington Strip Club

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 16:06:22-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Police said Monday afternoon that one man was in custody and another was being sought on a murder warrant in connection with the shooting death of a woman outside a Lexington strip club.

James Ragland

Lexington police and the U.S. Marshals Service say 28-year-old James E. Ragland II is being sought in the Jan. 26 shooting death of Iesha Edwards, 27, outside The Fox Club on Winchester Road.

Authorities said U.S. Marshals in Detroit on Thursday arrested 29-year-old Gaige Phillips on a warrant of criminal facilitation of murder.

Officials said Ragland is accused of firing several gunshot, killing Edwards, and that Phillips aided Ragland’s escape.

Edwards died of a gunshot wound just before 3 a.m. at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Reportedly when officers arrived, several people were seen fighting in the parking lot and Edwards was found lying on the ground. Police say

Gaige Phillips

she was shot in the back.

“I looked at her Facebook and everyone talked real highly of this young lady. We wake up this morning to another senseless death,” business owner Ed Gardner said at the time.

Police found shell casings at the scene, and an unoccupied car in front of the club was hit by a bullet.