Trinity Randolph: ID revealed of man who bailed out 3-year-old girl’s suspected killer
New York music producer Nigel Talley bailed out Kevon Lawless
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Two days after outrage followed the release of a man accused of shooting a 3-year-old to death, WAVE 3 News is learning more about the person who bailed him out.
According to court documents, Nigel Talley, a New York record producer, posted the suspect’s $300,000 cash bond.
Kevon Lawless was in jail, charged with the 2020 killings of 3-year-old Trinity Randolph and her father, Brandon Waddles. They were shot multiples times, police said.
On Saturday, documents show, Talley gave the courts several cashiers’ checks totaling $300,000 for Lawless’ bond. Once the bond was paid, Lawless was placed on home incarceration.
“We don’t set a lot of $300,000 bonds, and cash, full cash,” Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said.
Talley, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned, is a music producer from New York. According to multiple social media accounts, he has worked with several celebrities, including Yo Gotti and Louisville musician EST Gee, or George Stone. Stone is also seen on multiple social media accounts posing with Lawless.
Stone recently filmed a music video featuring Yo Gotti in Louisville.
Lawless is an aspiring musician, too, who posted a video of himself recording a song just days after Talley posted his bond. Lawless is heard rapping, “I play with pistols. I like shooting, I’m not into gaming.”
Randolph’s family told WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters they learned Lawless was out of jail after seeing his posts on social media.
Talley is the Vice President of A&R Alamo Records. He’s worked with other large music labels, including Atlantic Records. In 2020, Talley was named one of Billboard’s R&B Hip-Hop Power Players.
Wine said four cashiers’ checks were submitted to pay the bond, but it was still unclear if they listed the names of other individuals. Talley’s name is the only name that appears on any of the court bond documents.
Talley, Wine said, is responsible to make sure Lawless plays by the judge’s rules.
“If the person who’s released, does not re-appear, or they commit any other offenses,” Wine explained, “we’re going to make motions to have that bond forfeited.”
WAVE 3 News reached out to Talley for comment. Talley said he was in a meeting and would call back when asked why he’d posted Lawless’ bond. He never did. On Thursday Talley did not pick up the phone.
Lawless was convicted in 2017 of attempted murder. He received a 10-year prison sentence, but was released on parole. He was also charged with escaping home incarceration twice.
Lawless was on parole when he allegedly killed Randolph and her father. Randolph’s family said they are more than heartbroken, and were shocked to find out someone had bailed Lawless out.
(Below is video from April, when Lawless pleaded not guilty in the case):
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