Prosecutor: Stolen gun led to shooting death of Olympian’s daughter


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In opening statements Tuesday in a high-profile Lexington murder trial, the prosecutor told jurors a stolen gun led to the shooting of 15-year old Trinity Gay, the daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay.

Police say Trinity was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire in a shootout between people in two cars in a restaurant parking lot.

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For the first time, surveillance video was shown publicly from the night Trinity Gay was murdered. In it, you can see people running from the Cookout Restaurant parking lot on South Broadway where police say the shooting occurred.

Four men stand accused in this case. Chazarae Taylor is charged with murder. His son, Dmarkeo Taylor, as well as Lamonte Williams and D’volnta Middlebrooks, are charged with wanton endangerment.

On the stand, Trinity’s mother, Shoshana Boyd, talked about seeing her daughter the night she was killed. She fought back tears on the stand. Trinity’s father, Tyson Gay, buried his head while hearing the testimony.

Witnesses Morgan Gaines and Taylor Middleton testified they helped take Trinity to the hospital. They talked about hearing Trinity Gay screaming about getting shot.

Chazarae Taylor’s attorney says Taylor did fire two shots, but says they were in the air to disperse a crowd, and that Taylor didn’t kill Gay.

Taylor’s attorney also says five or six weapons were fired at the time of the shooting, and there’s no evidence to prove that Chazerae fired the gun that killed Trinity Gay.

The trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.