Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 21, 2010

Wilks murder trial set

MT. VERNON — The case against a 21-year-old local man charged with the death of Clayton Holmes at Nu Bowl Lanes earlier this year will go to trial Tuesday, July 27.

Lashawn Wilks appeared at his final pre-trial conference Tuesday morning with his attorney, public defender Bob Verhines, who filed a list of witnesses with the court.

Wilks is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Holmes, who died from a single gunshot wound in the chest area, according to information from Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks. Holmes was shot in the parking lot of Nu Bowl Lanes and was later pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

On Jan. 2, an employee of Nu Bowl Lanes contacted police at 11:24 p.m. to report a possible vehicle burglary and that there was a car on the south parking lot with books and keys on the ground next to the driver’s side, according to police reports. Both passenger side doors of the vehicle were standing open and no one was near the vehicle. Prior to police arriving at the scene, another report of a gunshot wound victim at the hospital was reported to police, as well as additional calls reporting a shooting at the bowling alley.

Wilks, of the 1100 block of South 15th Street, was arrested by the Mt. Vernon Police Department on Jan. 6 and has remained in custody on $1 million bond.

Judge Terry Gamber confirmed Wilks’ trial date, which will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Wilks’ trial will be the first under the direction of new Jefferson County States Attorney Nicole Villani, who was sworn in Friday afternoon.

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