Pair convicted in 1986 murder up for parole

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - Two inmates convicted of killing a Lexington restaurant manager in 1986 are getting their chance before a parole board.

Authorities say Eric Hayden and Clarence Jones went to Columbia Steakhouse with intentions to rob and kill 36-year-old Clay Nelson.

Nelson's body was found inside the burned restaurant.

Commonwealth's attorney Ray Larson says Nelson was mutilated and stabbed 51 times. Larson told WKYT-TV that Nelson tried to lock himself in the freezer before he was killed.

Hayden and Jones were found guilty in 1987 of murder and robbery. They go before the board Tuesday.

Fran Root, who investigated the slaying 25 years ago, says Hayden and Jones knew Nelson and they intended to kill him.


Information from: WKYT-TV,

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