Arson case waived to grand jury

Published 8:10 am Friday, January 12, 2018

The man charged with causing a small fire at a house with four people inside waived his case to the grand jury this week.

Jerome Horton, 39, of 403 W. Washington St., was arrested for first-degree arson Dec. 29 following the fire at Horton’s listed address.

According to Winchester Police, Horton threw a brick at a window at the residence before igniting gasoline outside. Horton fled the scene in a car driven by 32-year-old Alisha Brooks of Lexington, who has also been charged in the case.

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Police followed Brooks’ vehicle until she stopped at a gas station on West Washington Street. Horton was sitting in the passenger seat, wearing only one shoe, which matched a shoe left at the scene with a gasoline can.

Horton declined to have a preliminary hearing to establish probable cause in district court. The judge also reduced Horton’s bond from $50,000 to $25,000 at 10 percent.

Brooks, who was arrested for first-degree fleeing or evading police, was set for a preliminary hearing as well, but it was postponed until Jan. 17 to allow the Department of Public Advocacy to find an attorney to represent her.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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