Demarcus Lee Williams, accused of murder in the May 3 shooting death of Christopher Thongs, 19, pleaded not guilty Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Thongs was found wounded in the driveway of 271 East Loudon Avenue after police received reports of someone standing in the street and firing a gun in the afternoon of May 3. Thongs was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Williams, 23, was arrested later that evening in the White Castle restaurant parking lot at New Circle and Bryan Station roads after a short foot pursuit, according to Lexington police.
In addition to murder, Williams also pleaded not guilty to charges of wanton endangerment, robbery, being a felon in possession of a handgun, fleeing and evading police, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.
Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael set a pre-trial hearing in the case for Aug. 2 and a status hearing for Sept. 7.