LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The man charged after the brutal death of a Lexington man faced a judge on Wednesday.
Benjamin Call was brought to justice for murder. A plea of not guilty was entered for him.
Police said the assault happened Monday night at the Victorian Square parking lot on W Short Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they said Call was assaulting Ty Abner, 31. The appeal is again expected in court next Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. A judge set his bond at $ 750,000.
As the case progresses in court, those who knew Abner honor him in their own way.
Abner had organized events to raise funds for the charities he cared about. And now her husband and neighbors are making sure it continues.
Abner’s friends said he plans to operate the haunted house he built to entertain neighborhood kids, and also to raise money for a good cause. Even though they are still faced with the fact that he was murdered on Monday night, they said they plan to complete the work he started.
One of Abner’s neighbors said he built his first haunted house a few years ago.
“He said, ‘we’re going to have five bedrooms.’ I said, “Dude, you got a two car garage, how are you going to get all of that in a two car garage?” He said ‘you will see’, ”said friend and neighbor James Coots.
And, finally, they did. The garage of the house Abner shared with her husband, John, has become a haunted house, with several rooms and special effects.
Coots said “Uncle Ty” as he was called, even got his kids involved.
“Tell my sons, get dressed, I need actors. The kids came to the streets and he said, ‘Take your place, actors ready,’ ”Coots said.
Now they continue, even though he won’t be there, disguised as Tickles the Clown.
“We were all shocked. It hurts. We say it will take time to recover, ”Coots said.
Not only did Abner entertain the neighborhood, he also asked for donations. The animal lover raised funds for the Lexington Humane Society.
They’re going to do their best this weekend to treat everyone like Ty would.
“Be kind to everyone. Treat everyone with respect. Make everyone feel like the only person in the room. Make everyone feel loved, ”Coots said.
This haunted house will be open Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at their home on Nickwood Trail. Even if you’re not a fan of scary things, you still come to donate to the Humane Society.
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