Five children aged 12 to 16 charged with murder after Nashville musician is shot dead during robbery-gone-wrong will be tried as adults
Five children charged with murder over the deadly shooting of a 24-year-old man in Nashville last week are going to be tried as adults, local news reports.
Kyle Yorlets was fatally injured during what was believed to be a robbery-gone-awry outside his home in Nashville on Thursday.
Roniyah McKnight, 14; Diamond Lewis, 15, and Decorrius Wright, 16, as well as a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy whose names have not been released because of their age, were arrested and charged with murder on Friday.
Roniyah McKnight, 14, charged with homicide in the shooting death of Nashville singer Kyle Yorlets
Decorrius Wright, 16 (left) and Diamond Lewis, 15 (right) are among five children who have been charged in Yorlets’ killing
It is still not known who pulled the trigger in the incident where Mr Yorlets appears to have been targeted at random.
‘None of the five individuals [arrested] are a stranger to the system or this police department,’ police spokesman Don Arron told The Tennessean.
The 12-year-old girl’s representative argued that she should not be tried as an adult due to her age and having co-operated with police following her arrest.
‘She didn’t run from there, and she didn’t call the police,’ Assistant District Attorney Stacy Miller said during a juvenile court hearing on Friday.
‘She’s as guilty as they are.’
Police say the five youngsters attempted to rob Kyle Yorlets, 24 (pictured), and ended up shooting him dead after he refused to give them the keys to his car
Yorlets was fatally wounded outside his home in the 32000 block of Torbertt Street in Nashville in broad daylight Thursday
According to the police, the five children were in a stolen Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in the alley that runs behind Yorlets’ house in the 32000 block of Torbertt Street when they spotted him outside on Thursday afternoon.
The minors accosted the man, took his wallet and demanded the keys to his car, which he refused to hand over, prompting the suspects to open fire on him, police stated.
The mortally wounded victim managed to make it inside his home, where he was found by one of his roommates at 3pm.
Yorlets was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Later that day, officers recovered the stolen Chevy Colorado, which had been abandoned in the 1600 block of Timberland Drive.
Witnesses in the area reported seeing three juveniles get out of the vehicle. Two of them got into another car and drove off, while the third fled on foot.
Artist: Yorlets (center) was a singer in the pop-rock band Carverton
His bandmates released a statement on Facebook talking about their grief
Yorlets was a graduate of Belmont University, where he met his girlfriend of three years (pictured together left and right)
Police said in the course of the investigation, they learned that the underage suspects had traveled to the West Nashville Walmart on Charlotte Pike, where all five baby-faced suspected killers were apprehended.
A loaded 9mm pistol, which had been reported stolen, was recovered from them. A second loaded, stolen pistol was recovered from inside the store.
The vehicle in which they traveled to the Walmart, a Hyundai Santa Fe, had been stolen from Brentwood.
Yorlets was a graduate of Belmont University who worked as a bartender at a Nashville restaurant and sang in the pop-rock band Carverton.
On Friday, Yorlets’ bandmates released a statement addressing his death.
‘We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us,’ it read. ‘We are heartbroken. Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.’
According to the description of a GoFundMe campaign, Yorlets’ parents are dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.