Two Elizabethtown men charged and indicted in a May 22 homicide in Radcliff made brief appearances Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court and had their arraignment appearances pushed to June 18.
Tyler Lee Lawrence, 20, and Donyale Antoine Jones, 27, appeared before Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton. Both men initially will be represented by public defenders, who are attending a conference this week, leaving the men without legal counsel.
Lawrence and Jones now are scheduled to appear along with Elijah Da’shon Barnett, 22, and Temorris Mandrette Davis Jr., 21, both of Elizabethtown, at 10 a.m. June 18 in Hardin Circuit Court. Each is charged with complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit first-degree robbery in the shooting death of Lashard Harrison, 25, of Vine Grove, who was a 2012 graduate of North Hardin High School.
Harrison’s body was found in a parking lot behind Pin Oak Court apartments in Radcliff. The coroner’s office said he was dead at the scene.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Carr, who will prosecute the case, met with Harrison family members Tuesday prior to Lawrence and Jones separately entering the courtroom.
Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said the Commonwealth will seek the death penalty against all four men and would need to file aggravators in the case.
Carr said he hasn’t decided “exactly when I’ll file it.”
Harrison was shot multiple times, according to the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.
Lawrence also was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence and Barnett was indicted for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
According to arrest citations, the men went to Radcliff with the intention of robbing Harrison of money they paid him for drugs.
“As Harrison turned to leave, Barnett and Jones shot Harrison multiple times causing his death,” the citation said. After Harrison was shot, the men reportedly retrieved the cash and fled in Jones’ vehicle, according to the citation.
Barnett, Morris, Jones and Lawrence are being held in lieu of $1 million cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center.