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Outside Group Will Probe Police Actions

By Brenna Angel


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – An outside group will review the actions of Lexington's Division of Police following the beating death of a woman.

44-year-old Umi Southworth was discovered in the bushes outside her Lexington home last week. She was so badly beaten, officers on the scene believed her to be dead, and a coroner was not called until nearly three hours later.

Another two hours passed before Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn discovered Southworth was still alive. She was transported to UK Hospital and died the next day.

Mayor Jim Newberry said in a statement Tuesday that he has discussed the situation with Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin. A team of outside professionals will review the response timeline and make recommendations.

State law requires that a coroner be contacted immediately when an apparent homicide has occurred.