Florence Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County man has pleaded guilty to the murder and robbery of a teenager in July of 2011.
The plea was entered into late Tuesday afternoon as prosecutors and defense attorneys were preparing for trial in just two weeks.
On a steamy hot summer night in July of 2011, police say three men entered a home on south Blair Street in Florence, gunning down a teenager in a robbery attempt.
Two days later, police had their suspects in custody, one of whom they believed was the trigger man, 20-year old LaMarcus LeShore.
LeShore and the two other men were later indicted on capital murder charges.
“We want to make sure we hold all three of those defendants accountable for what they did. We talked at length with the victims in the case, and reached a resolution on the trigger man that they can live with,” explained District Attorney Chris Connolly.
17-year old Dillon Honey was the teen killed during the botched robbery.
And according to Connolly, two other victims were outside the home sitting in a car, he says the three men attempted to rob them as well.
“They have both been very traumatized by what they experienced that night, and not to mention Dillon Honey’s mother. So, when you start talking about going through a trial process this long after the fact, it just reopens all those old wounds and re-traumatizes those families,” stated Connolly.
LaMarcus LeShore avoided a possible death penalty by pleading guilty and receiving three life sentences in court Tuesday; one of the pleas for felony murder, and two more guilty pleas for robbery.
The two remaining defendant’s in this capital murder case are still set for trial.
Devante Barnett is set for June 10, while Tryus Thompson’s trial is set for September.