(From Kentucky.com) The last time Lisa Borghi spoke to her father, Brian G. DePreta was a month ago to plan his trip to visit her in North Dakota.
The body of DePreta, 50, was found Monday by Lexington police inside Premier Car Wash, which had been closed for months. He was Lexington’s 14th homicide victim this year.
Overcome with grief, Borghi, 26, said during a telephone interview Wednesday that her father loved traveling and fishing.
“He was an adventurous soul,” she said.
According to the Fayette County coroner, DePreta died from blunt-force trauma to the head. Relatives were notified Wednesday morning. No funeral arrangements have been made.
On Tuesday, police said detectives had charged Joseph Sledge, 29, and Kavion Thomas, 24, with murder and first-degree robbery. Less than 24 hours later, police charged Thomas G. Lucky, 38, with murder and first-degree robbery. Police also said Teresa Jarrett, 26, was wanted for questioning.
Lucky, Sledge and Thomas all pleaded not guilty during arraignment Wednesday.
Lucky and Jarrett were homeless and had been seen panhandling near Russell Cave Road and North Broadway. The car wash is in the area.
Details surrounding the homicide investigation have been limited. Investigators have not said whether the men knew one another, but they were “loitering” at the car wash, investigators have said.
However, court documents offer some insight about what might have happened.
Sledge, Thomas and Lucky beat DePreta with their fists “multiple times” and took his wallet; detectives found the wallet near the car wash, 275 West New Circle Road, the documents said.
Lucky and Sledge each were being held in the Fayette County jail on a $10,000 bond on the robbery charge. Thomas also is charged with third-degree trespassing. He was being held on a $10,050 bond on the robbery and trespassing charges. No bond was set on the murder charges for any of the men.
A father of three, DePreta worked odd jobs but worked regularly as a roofer and a mechanic, Borghi said. Police have said DePreta was homeless, but Borghi said she didn’t know why. DePreta moved to Kentucky in 2013 from Louisiana for personal reasons, Borghi said.
However, Fayette County court records show that a Brian G. DePreta has had run-ins with local law enforcement since 2011 on charges including theft and public intoxication resulting in fines and a few nights in jail.
Borghi, at a loss for why this happened to her father, said she would miss one thing about him the most: ‘his heart.”