Man charged in 2017 fatal shooting

Lawrence WestbrookA man has been charged in a 2017 murder case. Officers from the Lexington Police Department today charged Lawrence Westbrook III, 40, for the shooting death of 39-year-old Rachel Preston.

A lengthy investigation resulted in detectives identifying Westbrook as the suspect who shot and killed Rachel Preston on December 26, 2017. In addition to murder, Westbrook was also arrested on several narcotics-related offenses.

Preston’s body was found by passersby on the side of Tates Creek Road near McDowell Road.

Westbrook is lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.


Previously released December 27, 2017

The Lexington Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday evening.

Around 9:21 p.m. Tuesday December 26, officers were dispatched to the 5900-block of Tates Creek Road in reference to a subject down. Officers located a deceased female on the side of the road. 

The victim’s name will be released by the Fayette County Coroner’s office.

Preliminary investigation reveals that this may be narcotics related; however there are no suspect descriptions or motive at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lexington Police Department by calling (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or