(WHAS11) -- A man walks up to a Kentucky State Trooper to ask for directions and ends up being charged with murder Thursday night.
When a motorcyclist came up to a Kentucky State Trooper at a BP Gas Station in Frankfort, he and two other troopers had no idea they were about to find evidence in the murder of an 81-year-old man in Indiana.
James Griffith, 33, was riding the motorcycle and 21-year-old Lacy Bradley was in the van with another passenger.
While the troopers were talking to Griffith, they noticed his registration was expired. They dug deeper and found out he was using a fake name.
The tags on the van belonged to another vehicle. A search of the van turned up drugs and guns.
KSP says Bradley tried to get back in the van and grab her purse.
"One thing we do know is she did make a statement that if she had gotten back to that purse, that she was going to, she would've shot the officers in the head because she realized we wore body armor,” Sgt. Ronald Turley, with the Kentucky State Police, said.
Some of the items found in the van, including a stolen gun, were linked to the unsolved homicide of an 81-year-old DuWayne Lindsey on July 21 in Marion, Ind.
On Thursday night, Bradley and Griffith were officially charged with murder.