Double homicide suspects plead not guilty
Published 10:17 am Friday, January 5, 2018
The eight people indicted in connection with November shooting that left two teens dead made their first appearance in Clark Circuit Court Thursday.
The group was indicted last month by the grand jury on a multitude of charges, including two counts of murder for four of the suspects, for the deaths of 16-year-olds Kayla Holland and Adrianna Castro on Nov. 7, 2017.
Not guilty pleas were entered for seven of the suspects Thursday afternoon. The exception, Brian McIntosh, did not have an attorney. Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue appointed a public defender to represent him, but one was not available immediately. He is due back in court Jan. 18.
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S pre-trial conference was scheduled for all defendants for March 15.
Four of the suspects, 23-year-old Matthew Carmen, 18-year-old Ronnie Ellis, 24-year-old Denzel Hill and 22-year-old Darian Skinner were all indicted for two counts of murder, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of wanton endangerment.
Mikaela Buford, 18, was indicted for two counts of complicity to murder and complicity to wanton endangerment for allegedly driving Skinner, Hill and Ellis to the apartments.
Julia Richardson, 25, was charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence. McIntosh, 21, and Jessica Burton, 23, were indicted for hindering the apprehension of Carmen following the shooting.
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the parking lot at Washington Street Apartments at 27 and 31 E. Washington St.
Winchester Police detectives said there was a verbal altercation earlier in the day at a convenience store between 10 people including the two victims, Ellis, Skinner, Hill and Buford.
Later in the evening, police said Buford drove Ellis, Skinner and Hill to the apartment complex and waited. Witnesses told police said the three fanned out and started firing. Carmen returned fire from a raised position. Castro and Holland, who had just left an apartment at 31 E. Washington St., were caught between the two sides, police said. Each died from a gunshot wound.
Police said Richardson removed a box of ammunition and a backpack from the scene and hid it at a nearby residence.