5 Youths Kill Musician in Nashville
Happened last year in February, not far from where I live, here’s an update:
NATALIE NEYSA ALUND | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN
Updated 5:16 p.m. CST Jan. 10, 2020
Prosecutors want two teens facing charges in the shooting death of a Nashville musician to be tried as adults and spent several hours on Friday trying to convince a Juvenile Court judge to do it.
Five youths - three girls and two boys - were charged with criminal homicide in the Feb. 7 slaying of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets, who was the lead singer of the band Carverton. He was gunned down Feb. 7 during a robbery in the backyard of his own Torbett Street home.
Two of the youths appeared in court Friday for a hearing to determine if their cases would be transferred into the adult system. The remaining three suspects were not mentioned.
Metro police said 16-year-old Decorrius Wright was recorded telling one of the other suspects — a 15-year-old girl — he shot Yorlets. Both of those teens appeared in court Friday.
Their transfer hearing is set to resume Monday.
Metro police Det. Melody Saxton and two other police officers took the stand during the nearly three-hour hearing and provided the following testimony:
Prior to Yorlets' slaying, several of the teens - one armed with a gun, were caught on video surveillance chasing another juvenile near the J.C. Napier/Tony Sudekum public housing development. One was also captured on film firing shots at James Cayce public housing development.
Hours later, two of Yorlets' neighbors saw the teenagers hanging out in the alley behind their homes. One man watched the group of teens walk up to Yorlets' home - one with a gun - heard shots fired, ducked down, then glanced up to see the group running from the scene. A woman also watched the group running from the home and identified Wright in a photo line up as the person with the gun.
Police ultimately captured the teens at a Walmart on Charlotte Pike by pinging one of the teen's cell phones. Wright tried to blame the shooting on another one of the teens, Lawson said. Wright is who ultimately told police the 9 mm used to kill Yorlets was tossed inside the Walmart.
During an interview with detectives, the 15-year-old girl told police she spent the day skipping school with the group of teens in Nashville.
At some point in the day they ended up in the alley, saw Yorlets and they decide to rob him. She and Wright walked up to Yorlets and asked him for money. When Yorlets told them 'no', the girl said Wright shot him.
Wright declined to be interviewed by police but after officers placed him in the back of a patrol car with the 15-year-old girl, a video camera caught the two talking; he said they were, "going down for murder - 10 to 15 years." Audio captured Wright saying, "I got him through the arm."
Autopsy results showed a single bullet entered Yorlets’ arm, exited, and then entered his chest ultimately killing him.
KYLE YORLETS: Teens charged in shooting told to leave courtroom after laughing, talking
Victim impact statements
More than a half-dozen of Yorlets' loved ones including his parents and girlfriend, Faith Gibson, read victim impact statements in court or had someone read them.
"For a long time I dreaded this day, it's like reliving my worst nightmare," Gibson said to Wright, who looked at her throughout almost her entire statement. "I want you to know who Kyle was. He was kind to people when they had no one else. This was a senseless murder of one of the kindest beings."
Gibson said she lives with constant anxiety and worry now, often not wanting to sleep alone. She also talked about her fear that justice won't be served in the case.
"I'm afraid for Nashville," she said.
"Unless this is handled appropriately, this could happen to someone else," his cousin wrote in a letter. "Don't allow them to fly under the radar. Transfer their cases to adult court."
After hearing testimony from more then a dozen witnesses Friday, the state rested its case.
Attorneys for the two teens said they plan to call additional witnesses Monday.
Following that, Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway will ultimately decide whether to to transfer the cases to adult court.
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Big surprise on the killers id
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Total waste of flesh, they should all get sterilized in prison so when they get out they can't breed their brand of stupidity into this world.