Judge denies bail in home invasion

Published 10:57am Friday, May 23, 2014

Three men accused of attempted murder for shooting an elderly couple in the head during in a home invasion will be held without bail as long as their trial goes forth as scheduled, Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick ruled Thursday.

Rodriguez Lenez Lyons, 20, Tierre Jante Hill, 23, and Kenjarvis Deantae Thomas, 17, appeared Thursday to ask for bail in the attempted murder case against them.

After being indicted earlier this month, for two counts of attempted murder, two counts of armed robbery and a count of burglary, Patrick set trial for the three men for Aug. 25. As long as the trial goes forward in August, all three will remain held in the Warren County Jail without bail, Patrick said.

“If not, I will entertain a motion for bond at that time,” Patrick told the three defendants and their attorneys Thursday.

“None of these men are entitled to bond under … the state constitution because of the nature of the crime,” Assistant District Attorney Lane Campbell said.

Both attempted murder and armed robbery carry possible life sentences. Breaking into an occupied home at night with a deadly weapon carries a 25-year sentence.

The three men have been held without bail since Jan. 17.

They are accused of shooting a 78-year-old man and his 74-year-old wife in the back of the head with a .22-caliber rifle during a home invasion Jan 14 on Shenandoah Road in southern Warren County.

Shenandoah runs north from Fisher Ferry Road and connects to Winchester Road.

The husband and wife survived the shootings and returned home after treatment at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Lyons, Thomas and Hill are accused of following the couple home from a casino on Warrenton Road and waiting a short time before breaking into the house.

Once inside, the robbers stole cash, a laptop computer, a rifle and a shotgun, according to the indictments against Lyons, Thomas and Hill.

Warren County Judge Johnny Price denied bail for the three men during a hearing Jan. 21. During that hearing, Hill admitted he was guilty of breaking into the home.

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