Wrongful Death Man Arrested After Body Found on Porch

Deputies in Jessamine County made a quick arrest in the death of a man found on a home’s porch but the suspect claims he is innocent.

The murder investigation began when people living along Hartley Drive reported hearing a “commotion” around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

“I heard some hollering and I thought, cause it happens all the time, I thought it was my other neighbor,” said Paul Shaw, who lives near the scene.


The body of Shane Washington, 43, was discovered a short time later.

“He was my daddy. It’s just not right for somebody to do that,” the victim’s daughter, Angel Cox said. “He was a good man. He was so sweet to us whenever he was home. He tried his best to help the family as much as he could.”

The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office said Washington’s body was located on the porch of Thomas Carson’s home. Carson was charged with murder.

Investigators said it appeared the suspect and victim were involved in a fight but few other details have been released. Neighbors said Washington was killed with an axe, but detectives have not confirmed that.

“I didn’t hit the man,” the bruised and bloody suspect, Thomas Carson told LEX 18’s Josh Breslow while in the Jessamine County Detention Center. “I did not kill that guy. He kicked my fence down and he came through my house and broke in my house and hit me in the head with a brick.”

Carson said, after that alleged attack, he pushed Washington out onto his porch, three times, and he said it’s possible the victim hit his head and died. Washington’s daughter said she does not believe that.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

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