Fayette County

Trial postponed in 2009 Lexington Green slaying

Toby Ray Lasure, 31, accused of killing Christopher Tolliver in the parking lot of Lexington Green Thursday March 5, 2009. Fayette County Detention Center Photo.
Toby Ray Lasure, 31, accused of killing Christopher Tolliver in the parking lot of Lexington Green Thursday March 5, 2009. Fayette County Detention Center Photo.

The trial of a Lexington man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend at a shopping center last year might be delayed for months, depending on the outcome of a Friday hearing.

Toby Ray Lasure's trial was scheduled to start Monday morning but was delayed after his attorney, Kate Dunn of Lexington, said she withdrew because of a conflict of interest.

Dunn said she could not elaborate on the conflict.

"Toby Lasure did nothing wrong in connection with this conflict," Dunn said. "I won't be representing him, much to my disappointment, but there is nothing that can be done."

Lasure, 33, is accused of killing Christopher Tolliver, 31, who was shot March 5, 2009, in a parking lot at The Mall at Lexington Green off Nicholasville Road, and then leading police on a high-speed case. In addition to murder, he is charged with wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing police.

Judge Kimberly Bunnell has ruled Lasure competent to stand trial. Jury selection for the murder trial ended last week.

At least for now, Lasure's case will be handled by Tom Griffiths, a public defender. Griffiths originally was appointed to represent Lasure before his family hired Dunn.

Griffiths said his heavy case load could complicate the trial moving forward.

Also, Griffiths said that while he is familiar with Lasure's case, it would be difficult to jump right into a trial. Prosecutors did not return a call seeking comment.

A status hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.

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