Death penalty possible in murder case

BARNETT, DAVIS, JONES, LAWRENCE

Four Elizabethtown men between the ages of 20 and 27, arrested in connection to a shooting death last month behind a Radcliff apartment complex, will face the death penalty if convicted of murder at trial, Hardin County Commonwealth’s At­tor­ney Shane Young said.

Young intends to file aggravators in the case when Tyler Lee Law­rence, 20, Elijah Da’shon Barnett, 22, Don­yale Antoine Jones, 27 and Te­mor­ris Man­drette Davis Jr., 21, are arraigned Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

The men were indicted by a Hardin County grand jury Thursday on complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit first-degree robbery charges. Lawrence also was indicted on a tampering with physical evidence charge and Barnett was indicted on two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The men were arrested in connection to the May 22 shooting death of Lashard Harrison, 25, of Vine Grove, a 2012 graduate of North Hardin High School.

The murder charge is death penalty eligible because of the alleged robbery, an aggravating factor, leading to the fatal shooting. Harrison was shot multiple times, according to the Hardin County Coroner’s Office and witness accounts, and found dead in a parking lot behind the complex at 1508 Pin Oak Court in Radcliff.

According to arrest citations, the men went to Radcliff with the intention of robbing Harrison of money they had paid him for drugs.

The men admitted to setting up a “drug deal for a quantity of pills” and during the transaction, the men exchanged cash with Harrison for the pills, according to citations.

“As Harrison turned to leave, Barnett and Jones shot Harrison multiple times causing his death,” the citations said.

With Harrison shot, the men then retrieved the cash and fled in Jones’ vehicle, according to the citations.

Young’s decision marks the second homicide case this year that the Commonwealth is seeking the death penalty.

The Common­wealth also is seeking the death penalty against Shadrach Peeler, 35, of Elizabethtown, who is charged with killing two people Feb. 21 at two different Elizabethtown locations, and shooting two others.

It also will become the third active death penalty case in the county and second involving a homicide at Pin Oak Court apartments.

In September 2016, Norman Hall, 71, was killed inside his apartment. Aaron Pearson, 26, of Radcliff, and Eloysia James-Ven­erable, 19, of Radcliff, were charged with murder in the homicide. Pearson’s trial is scheduled to start this week in Hardin Circuit Court with jury selection, while James-Venerable has accepted a plea deal of 20 to 50 years or life in prison, with parole eligibility after 20 years, in exchange for truthful testimony at the trial.

Barnett, Morris, Jones and Lawrence are each being held in lieu of $1 million cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center. They are scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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