Crime

Judge reschedules hearing for defendant in Berea shooting

Matt Denholm, 27, was taken into custody Monday near Louisville after allegedly shooting two people in Berea, killing one, earlier in the day.
Matt Denholm, 27, was taken into custody Monday near Louisville after allegedly shooting two people in Berea, killing one, earlier in the day.

RICHMOND — A preliminary hearing for a co-defendant in last week's fatal shooting in Berea was continued to Dec. 14.

The hearing for Randall J. Burgess, 18, had been scheduled for Wednesday morning in Madison District Court.

Burgess is charged with facilitation to murder and facilitation to attempted murder. He is accused of failing do anything to stop Matt Denholm from shooting two people on Nov. 21 at a Berea apartment.

Zackary Flower, 25, died in the shooting, and his roommate, Kevin Price, was wounded. The two men were members of a rap group called Strange Tang, which played in Lexington and elsewhere in Central Kentucky.

Special Judge Ralph McClanahan rescheduled the hearing for Dec. 14. By that time, authorities said, they expect to have a single preliminary hearing in Madison County for everyone who is charged in the shooting.

Denholm, 27, is charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary. His brother, Ryan Denholm, 30, and Sherry L. Bratten, 31, are charged with complicity to murder, complicity to attempted murder and burglary for their roles in the attack.

Berea police said Burgess allowed Ryan Denholm to drive Burgess's vehicle to take Matt Denholm to Flower's and Price's apartment. Police said Flower and Price had intervened the night before to help an unidentified man with whom Matt Denholm was fighting. Denholm lost the fight but said he would return. When he did, he fired a shotgun through the apartment door before kicking it open, entered the apartment and shot Flower and Price, police said.

The Denholms and Bratten were arrested in Jeffersontown and are being held in the Jefferson County jail. Burgess remains in the Madison County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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