Seven or eight people who had spent the night at a Palumbo Drive apartment were hanging out Sunday, shooting dice, when one of the people was overheard giving someone directions to the apartment by phone.
Minutes later, Deionta Hayes, known by his nickname "Bro," entered the apartment.
"One witness observed the individual known as Bro lock the front door," Lexington police Detective Robert Wilson said during testimony Thursday.
The group continued playing dice for about five minutes. Then Hayes pulled out a handgun and "shot one victim at point-blank range, screaming 'Get it out, get it out,' " Wilson said. He shot at others who were trying to run away, the detective said. Someone said they saw Hayes, 21, reach into the pocket of the first victim and remove something.
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Those details were revealed at a preliminary hearing for Hayes on Thursday. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree robbery.
Chaz Black, a Henry Clay High School sophomore, was killed from a gunshot wound to the chest. Two others were shot, one in the upper chest and one in the groin.
The detective did not say what the disagreement was about, or what Hayes allegedly took from a victim. But, hours after the shooting, friends of the victims began spreading the story on Twitter and at school that the disagreement was over money lost in the dice game.
The group apparently had partied the night before; one of the last posts on Black's Twitter page was an open invitation.
"Everybody come ... ON palumbo BRING YO OWN BOTTLE," he wrote.
District Judge Megan Lake Thornton thought there was enough evidence to continue the case against Hayes. She sent the case to a grand jury for review after hearing about 15 minutes of testimony from Wilson.
Hayes is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center without bond. Defense attorney Kate Dunn asked the judge to set a bond, noting that Hayes voluntarily turned himself in to police.
Thornton refused, noting the seriousness of the crime as well as the fact that he was on probation in two other felony cases when the shooting occurred.
"We're lucky we don't have three charges of murder, so I'm going to leave the bond alone," she said.
Police were called to the apartment at the corner of Man o' War Boulevard and Palumbo about 1 p.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired and a person down. When officers arrived, they found one of the injured victims outside with two other people. They told officers more victims could be inside.
Investigators found another man with a bullet wound lying on the ground around a corner of one of the buildings. He, too, said more victims could be inside, Wilson said.
Inside, they found Black being cradled by a friend, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Four witnesses were taken to police headquarters and interviewed, and all gave similar stories, Wilson said.
When Dunn asked who the witnesses were, prosecutors objected, saying the case was ongoing and that there were some "security issues" that could be jeopardized if the names of witnesses were revealed. Thornton said Wilson did not have to disclose witness names.
Witnesses said someone by the nickname "Dommie" called Hayes and directed him to the apartment. They said Dommie and Hayes both ran away from the apartment after the shooting. Police identified Dommie as Dominique Godfrey.
Godfrey was questioned at police headquarters. At first he said he was not at the apartment, Wilson said, but he later admitted being inside. He identified Bro as Hayes, his cousin.
Police later interviewed one of the victims who had been released from the hospital. He said he had known Bro for 10 or 12 years. Police showed him a photo lineup, and he immediately identified Hayes as the person who shot three people in the apartment, the detective said.
Officers got in touch with Hayes' family, who convinced him to turn himself in at police headquarters. Hayes denied any involvement, saying he was at his house the entire day Sunday, Wilson said. But based on evidence and witness statements, police charged Hayes with the crimes.
Police recovered one slug, thought to be a .380 caliber, that passed through one of the victims, and three shell casings, Wilson said.
Police also found a small amount of suspected cocaine and marijuana at the scene, he said. No weapons were found in the apartment.
Wilson said police were still investigating.
"There's a potential that other charges could be placed against other individuals," Wilson said.
Hayes' family said they did not want to speak with reporters after the hearing. Dunn spoke briefly.
She said it was unusual for a suspect to turn himself in voluntarily. "I think it speaks for his willingness to cooperate, and I think it also speaks for his trustworthiness to remain in the area and be available for court," she said.
She said she could not talk about what Hayes has said about the case, but she noted the detective's testimony that Hayes said he was not involved.
"This is a very young man that has passed away, and that is always a tragedy," she said. "I just hope the community does not rush to judgment. My client is also a son and a brother and a cousin, and he's very much loved by his family."