Crime

Fourth juvenile is indicted in Duncan Park slaying

A fourth juvenile has been indicted on a manslaughter charge stemming from the slaying of a Lexington man in April.

The indictment, returned by a Fayette County grand jury Monday, charges Daymion Jacobi Sanders with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Antonio Franklin.

Franklin, 21, was shot in the head and found lying near some swings at Duncan Park about 6:30 p.m. April 13. He was an innocent bystander, police have said.

Monday's indictment also charges three juveniles — Bryan Brown, Nasheim Tarieek Dixon and William Dixon — for their alleged roles in Franklin's death. The indictment supersedes one in October that charged the Dixons and Brown.

Nasheim Dixon is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and first-degree wanton endangerment. William Dixon and Brown each are charged with two counts of attempted murder.

According to court documents, Nasheim Dixon shot at two minors, identified as J.S. and D.S., and D.S. — now identified as Sanders — fired back, hitting Franklin.

The attempted-murder charges stem from allegations that Nasheim Dixon shot at J.S. and Sanders with intent to kill, while being counseled or solicited by Brown and William Dixon.

Nasheim Dixon is charged with wanton endangerment because "he fired a gun in a manner which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury," the documents say.

At the time of the shooting, police said witnesses gave conflicting accounts about what happened in the park on Fifth Street between North Limestone and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Documents filed in circuit court last month offered some specifics.

On July 9, police detective Steve McCown testified during a preliminary hearing that witnesses observed shots being fired from a car that the Dixons, Brown and a female were in. Witnesses told detectives Brown was driving the vehicle and the Dixons were passengers as they were looking for J.S. and Sanders, the documents said.

William Dixon saw J.S. in the park and pointed him out to Nasheim Dixon and Brown. William Dixon and Brown told Nasheim Dixon to "shoot him."

Nasheim Dixon confirmed the witnesses' account but denied anyone in the car was shooting, McCown said during the hearing.

Detectives determined during the investigation the bullets that killed Franklin were not those recovered in the park or those shot from the car, the documents said.

McCown interviewed two more witnesses who said they saw Sanders with a gun and saw him exchange gunfire with the car occupied by the Dixons and Brown.

Sanders admitted to McCown that he was in the park and began shooting at the car because occupants in the car were shooting at him. It was determined that the bullets that killed Franklin were the same caliber as bullets from Sanders' gun, the documents said.

According to Monday's indictment, Sanders was not in custody. His status could not be determined Wednesday.

Also on Monday, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine heard testimony and reviewed evidence in a bond reduction hearing for the Dixons and Brown. Their bonds were reduced to $5,000, and they were released upon paying 10 percent of it.

Nasheim Dixon was released Monday on a full cash bond of $5,000.

The Dixons and Brown are scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment Nov. 14.

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