3 admit to firing handguns multiple times when Trinity Gay, 15, was fatally shot

The three men charged in connection with the slaying of 15-year-old Trinity Gay admitted to firing handguns multiple times early Sunday in the parking lot of Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Ky., where the girl was shot in the neck, according to court records.

Witnesses told police that people in two cars exchanged gunfire when Trinity was hit. Police said they found both cars when they announced Sunday night the wanton endangerment charges filed against Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, Chazerae M. Taylor, 38, and D’markeo C. Taylor, 19. The Taylors are father and son.

The three pleaded not guilty during arraignment Monday in Fayette District Judge Bruce T. Bell’s courtroom. Bell left D’markeo and Chazerae Taylor’s bond at $5,000 each and kept Middlebrooks’ bond at $12,500.

Trinity, the daughter of Olympic sprinter and Lexington, Ky., native Tyson Gay, was at the restaurant with friends and was an innocent bystander, her family said.

The three told police they fired their weapons multiple times outside the restaurant, according to court records. Police have not said who was in what car.

Investigators are not looking for any additional suspects in the case, police said Monday.

LEX18 reported Monday that Trinity was with a “crowd” gathered in the Cook Out lot when someone in a car started firing a gun. The second car, LEX18 reported, fired toward the crowd from the next door Waffle House. Police previously said Trinity wasn’t associated with either car involved in the shooting.

Investigators haven’t said which of the three men is suspected of firing the shot that struck Trinity, whose autopsy was expected to be completed Monday morning, according to the Fayette County coroner. But police continue to “evaluate forensic evidence,” spokeswoman Brenna Angel said.

In addition to wanton endangerment, Middlebrooks is charged with possession of a handgun by a felon.

The three are due back in court on Oct. 25.

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