A Lexington man charged with shooting and killing two out-of-county men last month in Elizabethtown has been in indicted by a Hardin County grand jury on two complicity to commit murder charges and now faces a recommended bond of $2 million.
Taynandree Reed, 28, was indicted Thursday. He could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Shawn Fox, 32, and Michael Buckner Thomas, 37, of Hopkinsville, on May 13 inside of a vehicle.
Reed also was indicted of first-degree assault after also reportedly shooting a woman in the same vehicle. She no longer is hospitalized and has recovered from her injuries. He also was indicted for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offender.
According to an arrest warrant issued the day after the shooting, Reed was in front of Ashley Pointe apartments on Stewart Court in Elizabethtown between 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., standing beside a 2017 maroon Hyundai Elentra when he began to fire shots into the vehicle.
The woman, who was shot in the head, according to the arrest warrant, drove away in the vehicle and pulled into a driveway on nearby Patterson Street. Fox and Thomas were pronounced dead in the vehicle by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the Elentra was taken to University Hospital in Louisville.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said the case is death penalty eligible and he will decide at a later time whether or not to seek the death penalty against Reed.
Reed was captured by Versailles police May 21 after an officer recognized him as he walked by him at a Kroger. When Reed realized it was a police officer, he fled and was captured following a short foot pursuit.
According to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Reed was on supervised release at the time of the shooting for a 2011 conviction on multiple charges. He finished serving nearly eight years in prison in September at Northpoint Training Center in Danville for a conviction in Jefferson County for first-degree robbery, third-degree burglary; first offense trafficking in marijuana more than 8 ounces and less than 5 pounds and receiving stolen property more than $500 and less than $10,000.
Reed was to remain on supervised released through March 2021.
Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said Reed became a suspect early on through “investigative work.”
Police haven’t disclosed what brought Reed, Fox, Thomas and the adult female, who is not from Hardin County, to Elizabethtown.
Reed has been held in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center since his arrest. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.