Louisville, KY - Posted by Charles Gazaway - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County jury has convicted Herbert Lee in the December 2008 deaths of four teens. The jury, which deliberated more than six hours, found the 18-year-old not guilty of murder and reckless homicide, but convicted him on four counts of manslaughter to the second in the deaths of Jemar, Demar and Marc Claybrooks - and their friend, Aaron Shields.
Lee was also convicted of fleeing and evading police, receiving stolen property and operating a vehicle without a license.
On the night of December 18, 2008, Lee was driving a stolen Honda Accord when he fled from Metro Police after they stopped the car on South 1st Street. After stopping, Lee fled from officers continuing south on 1st Street. According to detectives, Lee lost control and crashed the car into a tree just south of Hill Street. The Claybrooks brothers and Aaron Shields died at the scene from the impact, which split the car in half. The only survivor of the crash was Herbert Lee.
The four boys had attended a Youth Alive event at the Presbyterian Community Center in the Smoketown neighborhood. Although they were taken to the event in a van from the organization, Youth Alive organizers told them to get a ride home with Lee, whom the boys did not know, because the vans were overloaded for the return trips.
After the verdict and once the jury was dismissed, late Thursday, Lee's Defense Attorney asked the judge to consider a request. When Lee was charged with murder, the then 16-year-old was moved to adult court and his attorney wants that changed.
"Since he's been convicted by this jury of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony, he would not have been eligible for waiver to the circuit court," she said.
That would mean, sentencing would be under juvenile guidelines. The judge did not rule on the request. Instead, he said he will consider it Friday morning. The sentencing phase will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday.
None of the lawyers nor the families wanted to make a comment when they left the courtroom, after hearing the verdict.
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