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Murder suspect Roberts, father arrested for drug trafficking

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By Randy Patrick

Alexander Cole Roberts, the Bloomfield 19-year-old charged with the murder of another teenager, Rasheed Wickliffe, in what has been described as a drug deal gone bad, is back in jail, along with his father, Terry Roberts, for distributing marijuana.

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“They’re sitting out there on the bench getting ready to be booked in,” Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg confirmed, minutes after the two were brought to the jail around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The father and son were both charged with trafficking in marijuana (between eight ounces and five pounds), which is a felony; misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor.

Ron Eckhart, commander of with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, said the arrest had “just happened” in Bloomfield around 1:30.

Several officers from the drug task force, assisted by Nelson County sheriff’s deputies, encountered no resistance when they executed the search warrant at the Roberts home on Taylorsville Road, Eckart said.

Canines were used in the search, which produced about two and a half pounds of marijuana, approximately $2,000 in cash and paraphernalia including digital scales and a marijuana grinder.

Eckart said about a half pound of pot was found under Terry Roberts’ shirt, and the other two pounds, packaged in half-pound bags, were found in a bucket outside the house. There was also a small bag of pot, between a half ounce and an ounce, for which the two were charged with misdemeanor possession.

Alex Roberts had been released from jail Nov. 28 after his father posted his $50,000 cash bond. The bond had been reduced from half a million dollars after Circuit Judge Jack Seay declared a mistrial last November when the defendant was brought before the jury in shackles.

His most recent trial date was to have been Feb. 22, but the day before that, the defense filed a motion to preclude new evidence the prosecutors wanted to admit, and the trial was again postponed.

The new evidence concerned a statement Roberts is reported to have made to a woman to impress her, asking if she “was into murderers.” He allegedly also said he had not killed a “n•••••r” recently.

Wickliffe, 18, who was black, was found dead outside the Bloomfield Post Office on Dec. 1, 2015 with a puncture wound to his neck. Later that day, deputies arrested Roberts, who is white, and charged him with murder.

Prosecutors are appealing that decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, but late last week Nelson Circuit Court Judge Jack Seay again scheduled a trial date for July 24.

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