Crime

Murder case against two Lexington men goes to grand jury

Eyron J. Smith, left, and Terrico W. Williams
Eyron J. Smith, left, and Terrico W. Williams

Murder charges against two Lexington men will go to a Fayette County grand jury, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Eyron Jamar Smith and Terrico Walter Williams, both 23, are charged in the fatal shooting of Walter Gray last month.

Judge Kim Wilkie ordered Williams and Smith bound over to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Fayette District Court.

Devin Marquell Jones, 36, also is charged with murder in the case.

Gray, 31, died Nov. 16 at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, shortly after being found with multiple gunshot wounds near the intersection of Warnock and Goodloe streets in Lexington.

Gray himself was convicted of murder in 2004 in the death of a Lexington woman. He served eight years and was released from prison in 2012 after an appeal.

According to a police affidavit filed in district court, an investigation indicated that Williams and Jones "intentionally participated" in Gray's death.

The same document also states that "a co-defendant along with witnesses" identified Smith as having participated in the shooting. Items found at the scene were identified as belonging to Smith, the affidavit says.

Smith and Williams face a multitude of other charges, including trafficking in drugs, robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, wanton endangerment involving a police officer, fleeing or evading police, and robbery.

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