murder at yocum hotel
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#1 Jul 6, 2012
does anyone remember a murder that happened at yocum hotel on limestone back in the early 80s
Since: Jul 10
#2 Jul 6, 2012
November 6, 1984
MURDERER SENTENCED TO 99 YEARS IN PRISON
Author: Thomas Tolliver Herald-Leader staff
A Fayette Circuit Court jury early today sentenced confessed killer Gary Medeiros to 99 years in prison for the murder of a young Lexington woman.
The jury, which began its deliberations at 4:20 p.m., reached a verdict at 1:20 a.m.
Medeiros could have been sentenced to die in the electric chair for killing Michelle Lynch, 20, during a May 8 armed robbery at Yocum's Motor Lodge, 1229 South Limestone Street.
Shortly after 10 p.m., jurors told Judge James E. Keller that they wanted to continue for as long as it took. He asked them again at 1 a.m. whether they wanted to quit for the night or stay, and they wrote back, "stay."
Medeiros, a native of New Bedford, Mass., who moved to Lexington in 1978, pleaded guilty last month to shooting Ms. Lynch. She was visiting her boyfriend, Rick Jeffries, who lived at the motel, when she was shot.
Apparently thinking that Jeffries had witnessed the robbery in the lobby of the motel, Medeiros rushed to his room, pointed the gun first at Jeffries, then at Ms. Lynch and fired. Ms. Lynch's 1-year-old son saw the shooting.
Medeiros, 23, also pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery stemming from the Yocum's robbery. In Kentucky, a person who commits a murder during the act of committing another felony, in this case an armed robbery, can be sentenced to die in the electric chair.
The trial was unusual in that the jury did not have to decide whether Medeiros was guilty; it merely had to determine his sentence.
During his two hours of testimony yesterday, Medeiros said that he could remember only "bits and pieces" of the Yocum's robbery and that he didn't remember firing the shot that killed Ms. Lynch.
Medeiros said he was high on drugs and had been drinking heavily at the time of the robbery.
"I ain't no killer," Medeiros said in response to questioning by Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Malone. "It ain't in me. I don't know what happened in that room. It's eating away inside me. I'd like to know what happened in that room."
Medeiros said that a "mist" covered his eyes when he tried to reflect on the shooting and that it prevented him from seeing what happened in Jeffries' room.
Jeffries testified Thursday that he went into the motel hallway to retrieve Ms. Lynch's son and returned to his room. Seconds later, Medeiros appeared at the doorway pointing a gun in Jeffries' face, he said. Medeiros ordered Jeffries and Ms. Lynch, who was washing her hair in a sink, out of the room. Ms. Lynch raised her head to ask what was going on, and Medeiros shot her, Jeffries said.
From the witness stand, Medeiros said he didn't plan for anyone to get hurt during the motel robbery, even though he carried a gun and his partner, Matthew Scott Estepp, had a knife.
Estepp, 20, pleaded guilty to murder and has been sentenced to life in prison.
During closing arguments yesterday, Malone, in asking for the death penalty, portrayed Medeiros as a threat to society as long as he lived, even in prison.
"Make no mistake about this defendant; he's a dangerous, dangerous person," Malone said.
Defense attorney Gene Lewter, during his closing arguments, criticized Malone for portraying Medeiros as "a cold-blooded murderer."
"If he was as bad as Mr. Malone said he is, why didn't Gary Medeiros kill Rick Jeffries?" Lewter asked the jury. "The fact Rick Jeffries walked in this courtroom is truth absolute that Gary is not a cold-blooded murderer."
Lewter later called Medeiros "a thief and robber" but said "he's not a cold-blooded murderer. He is not an intentional killer."
Lewter said Ms. Lynch's death was an accident, "a horrible, terrible accident."
Since: Jun 11
#3 Jul 7, 2012
I knew Marty Lynch he was Michelles brother who died a few yrs back...if I am not mistaken he told me that Medeiros was to be released in a few yrs...I am only goin on memory...
#4 Jul 7, 2012
thank you so much, my husband has been trying to find something on this for days
#5 Mar 17, 2014
He is apparently eligible for parole again in 2016.
#6 Jul 19, 2016
May who this is? And may I ask who your husband is?
Ft Mitchell, KY
#7 Jul 20, 2016
As of yesterday he made parole according to KOOL, release in Sept. If marty was still here he wud be waiting for him.
#8 Jul 20, 2016
Who is this ? I am Jamie, anyone who knew Marty knows I was his life long best friend. It is true that this scumbag is to be released. This is something that should never have happened, he was on Parole when he Killed Shelly, I cannot imagine what the parole board was thinking ..
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