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Juveniles, woman charged in connection with pizza delivery driver’s slaying

Brooke Kennedy.
Brooke Kennedy. Franklin County Regional Jail

Two juveniles and an 18-year-old woman were charged with robbery after a pizza delivery driver was found dead in Frankfort in the city’s second slaying of 2016, according to media and police reports.

Jared Banta, 21, was found shot in a Pizza Hut delivery car about 8 a.m. Tuesday outside an apartment building on Schenkel Lane, Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod said. Banta was found on the same street as the Frankfort mother who was shot and killed Dec. 13.

Brooke Kennedy was arrested Tuesday night, according to the Franklin County Regional Jail. She is accused of setting up a purchase of drugs, knowing that a robbery was planned, according to LEX18. Police said the three robbed Banta, and at some point he was shot, according to WKYT.

It was unclear how long Banta was dead before he was found, Harrod said Tuesday. Anyone with information is urged to call the Frankfort Police Department at 502-875-8525 or Crime Stoppers at 502-875-8648.

Frankfort nearly made it through the year without any homicides. But Jaleesa Robinson, 24, was found Dec. 13 at a Circle K convenience mart on Schenkel Lane after she drove about a half-mile after being shot in the chest in the parking lot of an apartment building off nearby Ridgeview Drive. She died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Toma Washington, 40, was arrested the next day on charges of murder and other crimes.

More charges are expected in Banta’s slaying, police told WKYT. The juveniles, whose names were not released, were charged with robbery or complicity to commit robbery, LEX18 reported.

Fernando Alfonso III: 859-231-1324, @hlpublicsafety

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