David Sparks indicted on murder charge in Spurlock case

Posted at 4:59 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 18:35:10-04

(LEX 18) — According to court documents, David Sparks has been indicted on a charge of murder in connection to the death of Savannah Spurlock.

Kentucky State Police say that the indictment warrant was served on Sparks Wednesday at the Lincoln County Detention Center. Court documents say that Sparks committed "the offense of murder when he intentionally caused the death of Savannah Spurlock, or, while manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to her and thereby caused her death."

Sparks was initially charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He was arrested in July after the remains of the missing mother of four were found buried in a shallow grave on property belonging to Sparks' family.

Spurlock disappeared from the Other Bar in Lexington in January of this year. She was seen on surveillance video leaving with two men, one of which was later identified as Sparks.

Officers say her nude body was found in a 19-inch deep grave and her feet were bound with shipping tape. She was placed in multiple black bags. Police say that she was found buried with a rug from Sparks' bedroom, which he replaced with a similar looking rug.

Initially, Sparks had told police officers that Spurlock had gone back with him to his Lancaster home with two other men the night she disappeared, but that when he woke up the next morning she was gone.

Officers also testified that blood belonging to Spurlock was found inside a closet door at Sparks' Price Court rental.

A cause of death for Spurlock has not been released.

Sparks remains in the Lincoln County Detention Center. He will be arraigned Friday, September 6.