Updated: Fayette man reportedly kills nephew at family junkyard

Graves Used Cars & Parts on Graves Road in northern Fayette County remained closed Monday after a fatal family dispute took place there Saturday evening. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Graves Used Cars & Parts on Graves Road in northern Fayette County remained closed Tuesday after a fatal family dispute took place there Saturday evening. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Updated 2016-02-23 at 2:59 p.m.

An apparent family dispute in northern Fayette County turned deadly Saturday evening, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reporting that Michael Lamar Graves, 68, shot and killed his nephew Jason Brett Graves, 42, at a junkyard that has been in the family for decades.

Both men are Fayette County residents, and both were associated with with Graves Used Cars & Parts, a junkyard located on Graves Road. It was at that business before 6:30 p.m. Saturday that the conflict and shooting reportedly took place.

As of Tuesday afternoon, charges had not been filed in the case.

“It’s a complicated case involving two armed family members,” said Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. “We are investigating to determine if [Michael Graves] acted in self defense.”

Babb did not identify the sort of weapon Brett Graves was allegedly carrying.

A source close to the deceased says Brett Graves was not armed with a gun or a knife.

Babb said District Attorney Scott Ballard and his investigators are involved helping to determine if charges will be filed in the case.

Brett Graves was a member of the Fayette County High School Class of 1993. Larry Graves, who is a co-owner of the junkyard, was the auto mechanics teacher at Fayette County High School for many years and is now the proprietor of Old Courthouse Tavern in Fayetteville. Michael Graves, who goes by “Mickey”, operates the junkyard of which he is also co-owner, and he is Larry Graves’ brother.

It was Michael Graves who reportedly called 911 after the shooting incident.

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Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.


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