Crime

Teen charged as adult in Memorial Day killing of college student

The juvenile accused of shooting and killing a college student on Memorial Day made his first public appearance in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday.

Kendrick Williams, 17, has been charged as an adult in the May 30 slaying of Tommisha Taylor and the injuries of two others.

Taylor, 19, was staying at her mother's apartment on Thoroughbred Way, near William Wells Brown Elementary School, when someone forced his way into the home about 5 a.m. Two people were shot and one other sustained an abrasion, according to police documents.

Taylor died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. Her friend, Trayvon "Trey" Williams, 20, was shot in the head but survived.

Police arrested Kendrick Williams five days after the shooting, but his name was not released because of his age. He was indicted May 30, but the indictment was sealed. Previous court hearings were held in juvenile court.

Williams' identity was not made public until he was arraigned in front of Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell on Friday.

He pleaded not guilty to murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a defaced or altered firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Further details about the case were not revealed at the hearing. Police have not discussed a motive.

After the hearing, Williams' attorney, public defender Erica Roland, said he was a "bright kid who's had a scary life."

Williams is scheduled to return to court Oct. 28. He is being held at the Fayette County Juvenile Detention Center without bond.

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