UPDATED: Murder Warrant Filed For Disappearance of Alex Johnson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Roberts said the missing person case is being converted to a homicide investigation.

UPDATED 10:30 PM -- On Monday, homicide detectives got a murder warrant for Robert Marcum Taylor, who goes by Mark Taylor, in connection to the disappearance of Alex Johnson who has been missing since Dec. 20, 2013.

Taylor has not been arrested, but according to court documents, Timothy Ballard, who goes by Tiny, was arrested Monday and is in the Fayette County Detention Center charged with complicity to kidnapping resulting in the death of a victim, and tampering with evidence.

Both Taylor and Ballard are suspects in the disappearance of Johnson who vanished from his Hanover Avenue home back on Dec. 20. The then 32-year-old was on the phone with his girlfriend when he got a knock on the door, he hung up to answer and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Timothy Ballard did nearly 20 years in prison on an armed robbery charge in 1992, a case where he was originally charged with kidnapping, too. He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.

The murder warrant for Mark Taylor was also issued Monday. Taylor moved to Lexington from South Florida a few years ago and befriended Johnson.

Lexington Police aren't commenting on the developments as the investigation is far from over, but based on the charges the suspects are facing, the assumption has to be Johnson isn't coming home. But police are closer than ever to giving thousands of Johnson's friends and his family answers about what happened to the UK chef five days before Christmas.

Ballard's bond has been set at $253,000 and he has asked for a public defender. As for Mark Taylor, there are three active warrants out for him, including one for the murder of Alex Johnson.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Lexington police have filed a murder warrant in the disappearance of a chef at the University of Kentucky more than a month ago and have arrested a man on a charge of complicity to kidnapping.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts wouldn't release the identity of the person charged, saying to do so could compromise the case.

Roberts said the missing person case is being converted to a homicide investigation.

No one has heard from 32-year-old Alex Johnson since Dec. 20 when he ended a phone call with his girlfriend by saying he needed to answer the door at his home.

Police arrested 42-year-old Timothy Ballard on a charge of complicity to kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Roberts said there could be additional charges in the case.


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