Police: Father Gambled While Son Starved

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Lexington police detective has testified that a man charged with murder in the death of his mentally disabled son told police that he gambled while the younger man starved to death.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports police detective Chris Russell testified during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday that he asked 64-year-old Jerry Lakes what happened to the disability benefits he got for his children. Russell testified that Lakes said he might be "gambling it all away."

Police have charged Lakes and his wife, 58-year-old Peggy Whitlock, in the death of 24-year-old Gerald Lee Lakes. Police say he starved to death in the motel room where the family lived.

Jeremy Kemper, Jerry Lakes' attorney, says his client is "innocent of murder."

Whitlock's attorney, Lucas Roberts, declined to commen

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