Four men charged in connection to Radcliff murder plead not guilty

BARNETT, DAVIS, JONES, LAWRENCE

Four men charged and indicted in connection with a May 22 Radcliff homicide entered not guilty pleas Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

Tyler Lee Lawrence, 20; Donyale Antoine Jones, 27; Elijah Da’shon Barnett, 22; and Te­morris Mandrette Da­vis Jr., 21, all of Elizabethtown, en­tered the pleas before Cir­cuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton.

Each man 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 and had been shot numerous times.

According to the men’s arrest citations, the four went to Rad­cliff with the intention of robbing Harrison of money they paid him for drugs. Lawrence, Barnett and Jones are accused of firing shots at Harrison. After Harrison was shot, the men reportedly retrieved the cash and fled in Jones’ vehicle, the citation said.

The Commonwealth also filed a notice of aggravating circumstances Tuesday in each of the cases, which allows for the men to be senten­ced to life in prison with­out parole or life in prison with­out parole for 25 years, if convicted, Har­din County Com­mon­wealth’s Attorney Shane Young said. The notices did not mention seeking the death penalty.

All four men will be assigned public defenders.

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.

Easton scheduled the four men for a pretrial conference on Aug. 13. Barnett, Morris, Jones and Lawrence are being held in lieu of $1 million cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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THOMASP

These four Drug Dealers killed another Drug Dealer. Get rid of these guys and move on.

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