LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man who was shot in a Walmart parking lot on Outer Loop last August.
LMPD officers arrested 19-year-old Taylor Bailey on March 7 and charged her with murder and robbery in connection with the death of of 20-year-old Deion Kennedy.
Police say it happened in the parking lot of the Walmart on Outer Loop in Okolona on Aug. 5, 2017. That's where police found Kennedy shot inside a car.
According to the arrest report, Bailey and Kennedy met a man in the parking lot under the pretense of selling him a gun, but tried to rob him when he got in their car to make the deal.
Police say Kennedy pointed a gun at the intended victim's head and told him to get out of the car.
At that point, a friend of the intended victim in a nearby car saw what was happening and got out with a gun.
Police say Kennedy then fired at the victim's friend as he approached their car. That's when the robbery victim was able to get to his own gun, and used it to shoot Kennedy.
Bailey was in court March 8 where she pleaded not guilty to robbery and murder -- even though she didn't pull the trigger.
In a statement, Bailey's attorney, Paul Curry, calls the charges "bizarre" because there's no allegation that Bailey ever touched a weapon. But because she was allegedly aware of what was going to happen, she's being charged.
Ms Bailey has been charged under the felony murder rule. The theory is that she and the victim, her boyfriend, were engaged in the commission of a felony when he was killed. There is no allegation that she ever touched a weapon, but because she was allegedly aware of her boyfriend's alleged criminal intent, and she allegedly contributed to that effort in some way leaves her facing the murder charge. In my opinion, the suggestion that these two had devised such a plan is utterly absurd, and charging her in this way is bizarre. - Attorney Paul Curry
Bailey is due back in court on March 19. She remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.
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