$500,000 bond upheld for man accused of killing local protest photographer

$500,000 bond upheld for man accused of killing local protest photographer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The man accused of shooting and killing a local photographer in Jefferson Square Park will remain in jail on $500,000 bond.

Steven Lopez will remain in jail on $500,000 bond, accused of shooting and killing a local photographer in Jefferson Square Park in June.
Steven Lopez will remain in jail on $500,000 bond, accused of shooting and killing a local photographer in Jefferson Square Park in June. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Steven Lopez is accused of shooting and killing Tyler Gerth last month.

Investigators said Lopez stole a gun from a protester in the park and shot Gerth.

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Gerth had been going to the park in downtown Louisville for weeks to photograph the protests.

Thursday, a judge found probable cause in the case against Lopez and sent it to a grand jury.

Tyler Gerth's sister remembered their brother as kind and silly in the wake of his death.
Tyler Gerth's sister remembered their brother as kind and silly in the wake of his death.

Detective Jeremy McGill testified that Steven Lopez admitted to the shooting at Jefferson Square. Lopez claimed people were coming after him. The detective said the videos and evidence show that was not true.

Witnesses said Lopez was asked to leave for disruptive behavior. He left and when he returned, a group approached him. Detective Jeremy McGill said they again asked him to leave. Lopez then grabbed a gun from one of the protesters and started shooting into the crowd. He then walked down the street and police said he fired about four more rounds.

For the first time, we heard Lopez’s explanation from McGill’s testimony. “He{Lopez} said he thought he saw somebody in the park shooting towards Jefferson street at police so he tried to protect them. He said he wounded somebody in the leg. Then he said he saw somebody who he thought had a rifle. He said he fatally shot that person.”

The detective confirmed he was not armed, and never threatened or confronted Lopez, and that no one shot at police

Prosecutor Richard Elder says Gerth tried to hide from the bullets under a two-foot-tall concrete bench right in front of Lopez. ”He shot a man who was ducking for cover, was no threat to him whatsoever, was not armed, not making threats, and was down on his belly until he died,”

Lopez is charged with murder and nine counts of wanton endangerment.

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