Crime

Two men plead not guilty to charges in Lexington slaying

The Fayette County coroner on Tuesday evening identified the man slain in Lexington's Woodhill area early Monday.

Darryl A. Carter, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's release said.

Also Tuesday, two men pleaded not guilty to accusations that they killed Carter and badly injured his friend in what police have called a drug-related attack and robbery at a townhome on Hedgewood Court.

Daniel Gadson, 28, and Elzandrae Warren, 27, entered their pleas during an arraignment in Fayette District Court. The men are charged with murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance thought to be cocaine.

The injured man, identified in police reports as Ira Robinson, was listed in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Monday.

According to uniform citations filed in Fayette District Court, police tracked down Warren and Gadson after Robinson "identified Warren as being involved."

The investigation led officers to an apartment at 1685 Alexandria Drive, where suspected cocaine and marijuana were found. Gadson, who is from Bossier City, La., was staying in the apartment, and Warren had been seen inside, the documents said. Police said both men had concealed or removed items used in the crime.

The documents said Gadson had a handgun at the scene of the crime.

Robinson, 28, had been stabbed about 2:20 a.m. A criminal complaint said Robinson told investigators three people entered his home, robbed him, stabbed him multiple times and shot him in the right leg.

He went to the house of a neighbor, who called police. Investigators later found Carter dead inside a townhome at 243 Hedgewood Court.

The third person, a juvenile in his late teens, is charged with murder, first-degree robbery, assault and possession of a controlled substance thought to be cocaine. He was not identified because of his age.

Both Robinson and Warren have been charged with possessing or trafficking controlled substances in the past.

In 2003, a Fayette County grand jury dismissed several drug and weapons charges against Warren that were later picked up by a federal court. Warren was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington to 90 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to court documents.

Robinson was on probation after pleading guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia this year.

In 2002, Robinson was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 52 months in prison for unlawful transport of firearms.

Robinson's mother, Priscilla Robinson, said her son and Carter were playing video games at Ira Robinson's townhome when the men stormed in and attacked them.

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