A Fayette County grand jury has indicted three juveniles on murder and related charges in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Lexington man last April.
The indictment, returned Tuesday, charges Bryan Brown, Nasheim Tareek Dixon and William Dixon in the slaying of Antonio Franklin, who died at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after being shot in the head April 13 at Duncan Park. Police later charged a fourth juvenile in the shooting.
The Dixons and Brown will be tried as adults on charges of murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
Nasheim Dixon is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and wanton endangerment.
William Dixon and Brown are charged with two counts each of attempted murder.
The indictment charges that Nasheim Dixon caused Franklin's death while being counseled or solicited by Brown and William Dixon.
It says Nasheim Dixon allegedly shot at two minors, identified as J.S. and D.S., and that D.S. allegedly fired back, hitting Franklin.
The attempted-murder charges stem from allegations that Nasheim Dixon shot at J.S. and D.S. with intent to kill, while being counseled or solicited by Brown and William Dixon.
Nasheim Dixon is charged with wanton endangerment in the same case for allegedly shooting at another person, creating a substantial danger of his death or serious injury.
Antonio Franklin was found critically wounded, lying near some swings on the playground at Duncan Park, about 6:30 p.m. April 13. Police performed CPR on Franklin until an ambulance arrived, but he died at UK Hospital the next afternoon.
Police said at the time that they received conflicting accounts of the shooting from witnesses, who described three or four men chasing the victim and three or four suspects running away afterward.
The juveniles are being held at the Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center. An arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 19.