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Suspect In Lexington Gun Slaying Indicted On Drug, Weapons Charges

Posted at 8:24 AM, Mar 10, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man accused of a 2017 murder in Lexington is facing new legal trouble following a federal indictment on drug and weapons charges.

Authorities say 40-year-old Lawrence Westbrook III was indicted last week.

Westbrook is accused of purchasing guns through a second party, possessing guns despite a previous felony conviction and possessing guns in furtherance of drug crimes.

He also is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drug.

A second man, Ronald Mark Harrison, also was indicted, accused of buying guns for Westbrook.

Westbrook was arrested in September on drug and murder charges.

He is accused of fatally shooting 39-year-old Rachel Preston.

Preston’s body was found the day after Christmas along Tates Creek Road near the Jessamine County line.