Two men plead not guilty in Lexington 2013 slaying

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 6, 2014 

Two men entered not guilty pleas to murder and other charges Thursday in the shooting death of a Lexington man in May 2013.

Defense attorneys entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Laseric DeShawn Givens, 41, and Darryl William Stewart Jr., 24, in Fayette Circuit Court. The two are accused of killing of Jered Taylor, 26, of Lexington, who died of multiple gunshot wounds on May 25, 2013.

Givens is charged with murder, unlawful imprisonment and tampering with evidence. Stewart faces the same charges, but authorities also charged him for being a persistent felon.

A third defendant, Latasha Ramex Parks, 24, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in circuit court. She is charged with facilitation to murder and being a persistent felony murder.

All three are charged in Taylor's death. A Lexington police detective later described the case in court as a drug deal that "went south."

Police said Taylor was shot four times in the upper body, and a shoe or boot print was found on his upper torso. Officers said they also found duct tape on Taylor's pants, his head and on one wrist, suggesting that he had been bound before he was shot.

Officers found Taylor suffering from wounds on the porch of a house in the 600 block of Carver Road about 10:40 p.m. May 25, 2013. He died later at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Police said they later determined that Taylor had been assaulted at a home on Carver Road, then escaped by leaping through a front window. Officers said a witness told them he saw two men fire six to eight shots at the victim.

Lexington police arrested Stewart three days after the shooting. Parks was arrested in June 2013. Officers arrested Givens last month.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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