The trial of four defendants charged in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Trinity Gay, the daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, is scheduled to start Monday.
Trinity, 15, a track star at Lafayette High School, died after being shot in the neck during an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles at Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway.
Chazerae Me’Lon Taylor Sr., 40, is charged with murder. His son, D’Markeo Taylor, 21, is charged with wanton endangerment in connection with the shooting.
Two other defendants, Lamonte Williams, 22, and D’Vonta Middlebrooks, 23, are also charged with wanton endangerment. Middlebrooks is also charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.
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Jury selection in the two-week trial is the first order of business; it might take two days to seat a jury. A jury pool of 90 people has been called to report Monday.
The shooting happened at 3:40 a.m. Oct. 16, 2016. Princess Stewart, a friend of Trinity, told DailyMail.com, the website for the British newspaper, that she, two cousins and Trinity had left a birthday party and drove to Cook Out restaurant. People who had been at the house party gathered in the parking lot.
Trinity went to the Cook Out to go to the bathroom but the restaurant was closed, so she went to Waffle House next door, Stewart told the DailyMail.com in 2016.
Stewart went to a nearby Shell station to go to the bathroom, “and by the time I got back, I saw gunshots firing. All I was looking for was Trinity but I didn’t see her.”
Others told the newspaper that they heard 20 or more gunshots.
“They were still shooting when we pulled out in the car to get Trinity to the hospital,” Morgan Gaines told DailyMail.com.
Taylor Middleton told DailyMail.com that she was standing near Trinity when the shooting began.
“I tried to get in the car but the doors were locked so that’s when I got on the ground,” Middleton told DailyMail.com. “I saw Trinity on the other side (of the car) and we start crawling towards each other. She looked up and said, ‘Taylor I’m shot, I’m shot.’ …They finally stopped shooting and Trinity started yelling, ‘I’ve got to get to the hospital.’”
Gaines and Middleton are among the witnesses that have been subpoenaed to testify during the trial, according to court records.
Prosecutors and some defense attorneys had wanted to have the jury visit the shooting scene at Cook Out, but Judge Ernesto Scorsone ruled against that request on Friday. The judge was concerned about showing the jury the area in daylight, which would paint a different picture than visiting at the time the shooting occurred.
Tyson Gay, an Olympian and one-time world record holder in the 100 meters, told Sports Illustrated earlier this year that he did not know whether he or Trinity’s mother, Shoshana Boyd, will attend any of the trial proceedings.
Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn plus Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Brad Bryant and Amanda Naish are the prosecutors in the case.
Rodney Barnes and Christine Madjar are the defense attorneys for Chazerae Taylor; Adele Burt Brown represents D’Markeo Taylor; Abe Mashni is counsel for Williams; and Gregg Clendenin is the attorney for Middlebrooks.