- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two men are scheduled to stand trial next year in the death of a Lexington man whose body was found in a barrel on the banks of the Kentucky River.

Media reports say Robert Markham Taylor and Timothy Curtis Ballard will face a jury trial starting Oct. 5, 2015, in the beating death of Alex Johnson.

Taylor is charged with murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence.

Ballard is charged with kidnapping, tampering with evidence and being a persistent felon.

Taylor’s attorney asked for at least a year to prepare for the trial, because Taylor could get the death penalty if convicted.

Johnson, a chef at the University of Kentucky, went missing Dec. 20, 2013, soon after hanging up the phone with his girlfriend when he heard a knock at the door.

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