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.