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One charged with murder after Bloomfield death

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By Trey Crumbie

Update 4:14 p.m., Dec. 2:  Alexander Cole Roberts has been indicted by a grand jury for the murder of 18-year-old Rasheed Wickliffe and tampering with physical evidence. Wickliffe died of a puncture wound shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday near the Bloomfield Post Office.

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An 18-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning in Bloomfield after suffering what police are preliminarily calling a lethal puncture wound, Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly confirmed at a press conference later that day.

Rasheed Wickliffe, of Bardstown, suffered the wound after an altercation in the area of the Bloomfield Post Office and 125 Taylorsville Road.

The sheriff said his office was investigating a “drug deal that has gone bad.”

Alexander Roberts, 18, of Bloomfield, was charged with murder in the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office also questioned Trenton Lovvorn, 19, of Bardstown, but he was not charged as of press time for this edition.

During the press conference, Mattingly said his deputies were conducting interviews and interrogations, and said vehicles and houses were being searched. He mentioned possible robbery charges being filed in addition to murder charges.

Mattingly said he believed Wickliffe, Roberts and Lovvorn were all familiar with each other. Wickliffe and Lovvorn even arrived at the scene in the same vehicle, and Lovvorn called 911.

Mattingly said initially it appeared that Wickliffe had been shot, but further investigation revealed that he died of a puncture wound. He did not disclose the type of weapon that was used.

Mattingly said the last homicide investigation he remembers in Bloomfield was in 2003.

As the press conference was wrapping up, some family members of Wickliffe entered the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office training room, where the press conference was being held and expressed frustration, stating that they had not found out about Wickliffe’s death until seeing it on social media.

Family members of Wickliffe said he graduated from Bardstown High School earlier this year.

Aunt reacts

Charlotte Wickliffe Jordan, Wickliffe’s aunt, spoke to Louisville broadcast stations and PLG-TV 13 following the press conference.

Jordan said she was upset about the situation.

“It’s a sad thing,” she said. “And I’m heartbroken for my family, because all we see is people just breaking down and they want to see his face one more time, and we know we’re never going to see him anymore. Never.”

Jordan said she wants to know whether those who are responsible for her nephew’s death will get punished or not.

“This kid was murdered,” she said.

Jordan said one of the prominent memories of her nephew was the smile on his face.

“He was a country boy, he was truly a country boy, but I love my nephew. He was a good kid,” she said.

 

Bloomfield responds

Many Bloomfield public officials expressed dismay at the incident.

Bloomfield Police Chief Kenny Downs said the killing is an indication that the world has changed and events like this “can happen anywhere now.”

“You just don’t see anything like that in Bloomfield,” he said in a Tuesday morning telephone interview. “You hear about it in big cities, but you … just don’t think anything can happen like that.”

Downs said it was a sad day.

“It’s just heartbreaking that you hear about a young man lose his life,” he said.

Bloomfield Mayor Rhonda Hagan echoed Downs sentiments about the killing being rare in Bloomfield.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” she said. “These things don’t happen in Bloomfield.”

Hagan, who has a 17-year-old son, said she sympathized with the mother and called the event a terrible tragedy.

“I just hate it for the families. I hate it for our community,” she said.

Hagan commended Downs and Patrol Officer Scott Dennis for coming out to help the Sheriff’s Office, even though they were off duty.

“We have pretty dedicated officers,” she said.

While Nelson County emergency personnel investigated the scene after the initial dispatch call, a red substance was cleared from the Bloomfield Post Office and a car was towed. Mattingly said the car is being held as evidence and the red substance was most likely Wickliffe’s blood. The Post Office was also taped off early Tuesday morning, as was the house at 125 Taylorsville Road.