Pot, gun charges against man involved in shooting

A Lexington man involved in the fatal shooting of a former standout Henry Clay High School football player was indicted Monday on charges of felony gun possession and marijuana-trafficking.

A Fayette County grand jury also indicted Deondrae Darnel Fishback, 20, on a charge of being a persistent felony offender.

Fishback was arrested Sept. 29 after police responded to a call about someone trying to break into a home at 623 Georgetown Street. Officers found Jermaine Birch, 22, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police and coroner's reports.

Birch, who graduated from Henry Clay in 2006, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told investigators that Fishback fired a weapon in self-defense, according to testimony at Fishback's preliminary hearing in October. Witnesses also told police that Fishback threw a liquor bag into a closet before police arrived. A bag was found that contained 200 grams of suspected marijuana and a digital scale, according to court documents.

Fishback has not been charged in Birch's slaying. Investigators have said self-defense could come into play in the investigation.

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