A former Scott County high school basketball player pleaded not guilty to a felony weapons charge in Fayette Circuit Court on Thursday.
Jonathan "Bud" Mackey, 19, is charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun. Lexington police officers arrested him May 14 after they responded to a call of shots fired in the 1500 block of Versailles Road. Officers found Mackey with a handgun that was stolen from Franklin County, according to court documents.
Another man, Tyler Eugene Foster, 20, was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property and first-degree wanton endangerment. He also pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Public defender Andrew Bowker, Mackey's attorney, asked Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell on Thursday to reduce Mackey's $12,500 cash bond. Mackey is a "young man who still has potential," Bowker said.
He also said that Foster admitted during a preliminary hearing that he had the stolen gun and shot it three times.
Bunnell denied Bowker's request for a bond reduction.
Mackey is scheduled for a pretrial conference July 6 and a status hearing July 31 in circuit court.
Mackey was the Sweet Sixteen's most valuable player while on Scott County's 2007 state championship team. He had planned to play basketball at Indiana University, but his arrest in September 2007 derailed those plans. Police said Mackey had 1.6 grams of rock cocaine in his shoe when he was arrested at Scott County High School. He pleaded guilty in August to an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.