A Fayette County grand jury will review felony gun possession and marijuana-trafficking charges against a man involved in last week's fatal shooting of a former standout football player at Henry Clay High School.
Deondrae Darnel Fishback, 20, appeared before Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
Fishback was arrested Sept. 29 after police responded to a call about someone trying to break into a home at 623 Georgetown Street and found Jermaine Birch, 22, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police and coroner's reports. Birch was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lexington police officer David Richardson testified Wednesday that Fishback was at the side of the house when police arrived. When confronted by officers, Fishback placed a gun on the ground, and he was taken in for questioning.
Richardson said Fishback told investigators that Birch was banging on the door. There were four women inside the house, Richardson said, who told investigators that Fishback fired a weapon in self-defense.
Witnesses said they saw Fishback pull the gun from his pants and shoot, according to Richardson's testimony. Witnesses also told police that Fishback threw a liquor bag into a closet before police arrived, Richardson said. A bag was found that contained 200 grams of sun spected marijuana and a digital scale, according to court documents.
Fishback did not make statements about marijuana, but he told investigators he shot in self-defense, Richardson said.
Fishback has not been charged in Birch's slaying. Investigators have said self-defense could come into play in the investigation.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys did not discuss the shooting during Wednesday's hearing. When the self-defense issue was brought up, the prosecution objected on the grounds that it was a separate matter. Bell agreed.
Fishback's attorney, Russell Baldani of Lexington, said he did not expect any charges to be filed related to Birch's death.