UPDATE: Mediation fails, new trial date for teen in murder case
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new trial date has been set for a Frankfort teenager charged in connection to a deadly robbery and shooting in 2016, according to a report in the Frankfort State Journal.
19-year old Victorya Paige Young is accused of luring Jared Banta to Country Hills Apartments on Schenkel Lane in Frankfort by telling him she wanted to buy marijuana.
Investigators say Young got into the front seat of Banta’s car and then 19-year old Krishaun Mays and 22-year old Kedrick Burton got into the back seat.
Police say the two men robbed Banta at gunpoint and then Mays shot him. Banta’s body was found in the car the following morning.
The newspaper reports, according to court documents, Young told investigators that she, Brooke Kennedy and Cameron Montgomery, both 20-years old, wanted to rob Banta to go shopping in Lexington shortly after Christmas in 2016.
Young is charged with complicity to murder, a capital offense, and 1st degree robbery, according to police.
Under Kentucky law, complicity to a crime is treated the same as having committed the crime and is subject to the same penalty.
A retired Franklin circuit court judge tried to mediate a plea deal for Young, but the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement, according to the newspaper report.
Young’s trial date has been set for March 11, 2019, according to the State Journal. The prosecutor told the newspaper Kennedy and Montgomery will testify at Young’s trial. Young’s attorney is going to try to get Young’s statement to police suppressed. A hearing on that is set for December 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., according to the newspaper.
Brooke Kennedy has been sentenced to 15-years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal facilitation to murder and complicity to robbery, according to the newspaper.
Cameron Montgomery was sentenced to 10-years in March of this year, but was granted shock probation in May and sent to a rehabilitation program, according to the State Journal.
Krishaun Mays and Kedrick Burton are scheduled to be tried together on May 6, 2019, according to the newspaper.