Bond set at $500,000 for suspect in Henry Clay student's slaying

Deionta Hayes, accused of murder in the death of Henry Clay High School sophomore Chaz Black, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.

The plea was entered on his behalf by B.J. Foley, one of his attorneys. Judge Kimberly Bunnell set bond at $500,000 full cash.

Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said the case might qualify as a capital murder case, with the death penalty as a punishment option.

Hayes and Dominique Godfrey, both 21, were each indicted this month on one count of murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree robbery. Hayes also was charged with being a first-degree persistent felon.

Black, 16, was fatally shot and two other people were wounded on March 18 at an apartment at Man o' War Boulevard and Palumbo Drive, where several people were taking part in a dice game, police said.

Hayes was arrested and jailed not long after the shootings. Godfrey was not charged in the case initially.

An arrest warrant was issued for Godfrey after the indictment was returned. "He's still at large," Larson said.

Foley asked during Thursday's arraignment that bond for Hayes, who is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center, be set at $25,000, telling the judge that Hayes has a supportive family.

Larson asked that Hayes be held without bond, saying that Hayes had been on probation granted by two Fayette circuit judges on previous felony convictions when he was charged in connection with the March 18 shootings.

There will be a pre-trial hearing on June 28 and a status hearing July 13 in circuit court.