Prosecutor to seek death penalty for Indianapolis man charged with Kentucky boy’s murder


Ronald Exantus

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UPDATE (April 24, 2018)– Ronald Exantus was sentenced to 20 years on assault charges related to a 6-year-old boy’s death.

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2015)– An Indianapolis man has been indicted for murder after police say he fatally stabbed a 6-year-old Kentucky boy in the head during a burglary. A prosecutor says he plans to seek the death penalty.

A Woodford County grand jury charged 32-year-old Ronald Exantus on Wednesday with murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree assault. He’s accused of fatally stabbing Logan Dean Tipton early Monday in the boy’s home while the child was sleeping.

Photo credit: Liz Wolford of Action Photos Plus via the Woodford Youth Football League
Logan Dean Tipton (Photo credit: Liz Wolford of Action Photos Plus via the Woodford Youth Football League)

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw told the Lexington Herald-Leader that because the slaying was committed during the course of a first-degree burglary, it’s a capital case. He declined to elaborate, and gave no information about why Exantus went to the boy’s home.

Exantus is being held on $1 million bond. Arraignment is Jan. 6.


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