DANVILLE — A grand jury has indicted two men, a woman and a teenager in the September robbery of a carry-out pizza store in which a clerk suffered a serious gunshot wound.
Those indicted Nov. 24 by the Boyle County grand jury were Nathaniel Sinclair Davis, 16, of Harrodsburg; Rico Penix, 18, of Danville; Patrick Brand, 21, of Danville; and Robin Adams, 26, of Lancaster. Each was indicted on one count of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree assault.
Penix, Brand and Adams entered not guilty pleas Tuesday before Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.
Davis, the juvenile, is in custody at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, and will be arraigned next month.
Davis is considered a "youthful offender," but he will be tried as an adult. Juvenile offenders are usually not identified and their court proceedings are kept secret, but the Davis case was transferred to circuit court because he was older than 14 at the time of the crime, and it was committed in the commission of two felonies and with a firearm.
The four are accused in the Sept. 15 armed robbery of a Domino's Pizza on South Fourth Street. Employee Zoe Reed was shot and seriously wounded.
Police have said that the delivery driver on duty that night at the restaurant was called away to a fake address and returned to find that Reed had been shot. Reed was working alone at the outlet when the robbery occurred, police said.
Davis and Penix went into the store (Brand and Adams remained in a vehicle outside) but Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms said he "can't really say" which one was the shooter.
"We're 100 percent certain that they were acting in complicity, and under the law it doesn't matter which one shot as long as they were in agreement to do it and were encouraging each other," Bottoms said.
Meanwhile, Reed, the victim, is out of the hospital but is "still receiving significant medical treatment."
"The damage is to the extent that she will have life-long effects from the shooting," Bottoms said.
First-degree assault and first-degree robbery are Class B felonies punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.