The remaining defendant in the shooting death of a pizza restaurant manager in 2016 may be headed before a jury next year, unless a plea agreement is reached sooner.
Kedrick Burton, 24, is facing charges of murder, a Class A felony, and first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, in the Dec. 26, 2016, shooting death of Jared Banta in an apartment complex parking lot.
Attorneys in the case differed on whether the case against Burton would be resolved without a trial.
While special prosecutor Ronnie Goldy told Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate there was no agreement, Burton’s attorney was a little more optimistic.
“I think we’re getting close to an agreement,” Daniel Whitley said Friday morning during a court Zoom call. “There’s an offer on the table. At this point, it is what it is.”
Wingate said he would schedule a trial in February, but did not give a specific date.
Banta was shot in his car while he was parked outside Country Hills Apartments on Schenkel Lane.
A co-defendant, Victorya Young, said she and two others lured Banta to the parking lot for a supposed marijuana deal. They chose the location because they knew there were no security cameras in the area, and they were promised a share of the money from robbing Banta.
Burton is one of five people charged in Banta’s death, and the only one who has not pleaded guilty.
Krishaun Mays, 21, pleaded guilty to murder and second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, and was sentenced in July to 25 years in prison.
Mays is seeking shock probation, but Goldy said he has not received an order from the judge on that question. Mays is eligible for shock probation, which can be granted for first-time offenders after serving part of a sentence, because he was 17 at the time.
Shock probation, which releases a defendant from incarceration, is otherwise prohibited under state statute for murder convictions and crimes involving firearms.
Victorya Paige Young, 21, pleaded guilty to complicity to commit second-degree robbery and complicity to second-degree manslaughter, both Class C felonies, and agreed to a potential maximum sentence of 20 years. Part of her plea agreement requires her to testify against Burton.
Brooke Kennedy, 21, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for complicity to first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and facilitation to commit murder, a Class D felony.
Cameron Montgomery, 21, also pleaded guilty to facilitation to first-degree robbery and complicity to reckless homicide, both Class D felonies. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was granted shock probation and sent to a treatment program.