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Probation revoked for man charged in Kroger employee murder

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Jack Combs (Source: Family photo) Jack Combs (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A former Kroger employee accused of turning the gun on his own co-worker is now headed to prison. Jefferson Circuit Judge Frederic Cowan revoked probation for Aaron Cross, 18, Wednesday morning following a hearing.

The probation revocation came at the request of Commonwealth Attorneys' Office following Cross' most recent run in with the law. Three weeks prior, Cross had been arrested and charged in connection with the January 9 armed robbery of Gilmore Liquors in the Lynnview neighborhood.

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Prosecutors argued the involvement of Cross in the robbery violated his probation, warranting its revocation.

Cross had been granted probation several years prior after pleading guilty to a 2011 shooting conviction involving is mother. During the revocation hearing, Louisville Metro Police Detective Larry Smith testified Cross confessed to the January 9 robbery.

"Mr. Cross admitted that he had pitched the gun in his escape route that we recovered and also admitted to his involvement of robbery at the liquor store," said Smith.

Shortly after his arrest, St. Matthews police charged Cross with charges in connection to the murder of Jack Combs, 34, a fellow employee at the St. Matthews Kroger.

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Before revoking Cross' probation in circuit court, Cowan affirmed the Commonwealth had met the requirement of establishing probable cause.

"You've got surveillance, and then you've got a confession," said Cowan. "For the purposes of a revocation proceeding, the evidence is if not overwhelming, extremely strong."

Cross is expected back in court on February 26.

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