Madison County

Two indicted in robbery of man delivering pizza for charity

A Madison County grand jury has indicted two people in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery driver whose employer was donating proceeds to a fund for the family of slain Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis.

Tyler Kinkton, 17, was indicted Wednesday on one count of second-degree robbery. Kinkton’s case was transferred to circuit court where he will be tried as an adult, said Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith.

The grand jury also indicted Jacob M. Taylor, 18, who was indicted on one count of complicity to second-degree robbery.

The indictment says Taylor assisted Kinkton, who “used physical force upon” the delivery driver to accomplish the theft.

The robbery happened Nov. 17 as Papa John’s Pizza driver Kenneth Blair was delivering six pizzas in the 100 block of Pine Street.

At the time of the delivery, Papa John’s was donating the proceeds from the day’s sales to the fund of the family of Ellis, the police officer who died Nov. 6, two days after he was ambushed and shot while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect.

The charges against each defendant is a class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

Richmond Police Detective Matt Boyle was the witness who testified before the grand jury.