Crime

Man pleads not guilty in Lexington homicide

Eyron Jamar Smith
Eyron Jamar Smith

A 23-year-old man entered a not-guilty plea Monday to murder and a variety of other charges during a Fayette District Court hearing.

Eyron Jamar Smith is charged in the shooting death of Walter Gray, 31, who died Nov. 16 after being found with multiple gunshot wounds near Warnock and Goodloe streets in Lexington. Two other men also are charged with murder.

University of Kentucky police arrested Smith about 4 a.m. Saturday after a car and foot chase. UK police said they tried to stop Smith on South Limestone when they noticed his car had no headlights. Smith eventually stopped at Alumni Drive and Nicholasville Road, where he jumped out of the car and ran. Police arrested him near University and Alumni drives.

Officers said they found a .45-caliber handgun and drugs in Smith's car after he was arrested. In addition to murder, Smith is charged with fleeing and evading police; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; driving under the influence; wanton endangerment involving a police officer; trafficking; and possession of marijuana, synthetic marijuana and crack cocaine.

Smith pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon during a video arraignment from the Fayette County jail, where he has been held since his arrest.

He is due back in court Tuesday for an appearance with Terrico Walter Williams, 23, one of the other men charged in Walter Gray's death.

Devin Marquell Jones, 26, also is charged with murder in the case.

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