Suspects in Trinity Gay murder to be tried together


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Fayette Circuit judge ruled Friday that all four suspects in the shooting death of a 15-year old girl will be tried together.

38-year old Chazarae Taylor is charged with wanton murder and wanton endangerment. His 19-year old son, D’Markeo Taylor, and 20-year old Lamonte Williams, both face wanton endangerment charges. A fourth man, Dvonta Middlebrooks, is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Investigators haven’t said who they think fired the deadly shot that killed Trinity Gay, but they say they charged Chazarae Taylor with murder because they say he created the environment that led up to the shooting.

Police say the teen was in the parking lot of the Cook Out Restaurant on South Broadway in October of last year in the wee hours of a Sunday morning when she was caught in the crossfire of gunfire between the suspects who they say were shooting at each other from two different vehicles.

Trinity Gay is the daughter of Lexington native and U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay.

The teen’s death led for calls to end gun violence in the city and a bill filed in Frankfort in her name. A mural paying tribute to Gay was painted by a local artist on the outside wall of Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

The judge in the case set a deadline of May 12, 2017, for the defense to file all of its pretrial motions. The next hearing is scheduled for June 9, 2017.

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