Arrest made in Maxwelton Court homicide

March 30 update – A second arrest has been made in the Maxwelton Court homicide and assault investigation. Officers with the Ashland Police Department today served an arrest warrant for Austin J. Adams, 22. He is charged with Complicity to wit Assault 1st and is currently lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.


A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred on Maxwelton Court. Investigators with the Lexington Police Department today charged Chase W. Helvey, 24, with Murder, Assault 1st, Kidnapping, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

Chase HelveyThis investigation started as a response to an injury collision around 9 p.m. Sunday, March 25. University of Kentucky Police responded and took reports for a vehicle that had struck a university-owned building on Maxwelton Court. Two adults, a 36-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

On Monday it was determined that the victims had been assaulted prior to the collision, and Lexington Police were called to take over the investigation. The man had been shot and the woman had suffered blunt force trauma. The man died earlier today (March 29). He has been identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s office as James D. Potter of Richmond.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Helvey assaulted the woman at his home on Maxwelton over a prior dispute. As she attempted to flee with Potter, the suspect shot Potter.

Helvey is lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police.