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Five Minors, Aged 12-16, Charged In Murder Of Nashville Musician Kyle Yorlets

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NOTE: In adherence to UK law, NewsThisSecond will not identify the identities of the minors involved in this case. Police identified three of the suspects, but in adherence to UK privacy law, their identities have been withheld. If and when the suspects are charged as adults, their identities will no longer be withheld.


UPDATE: The five minors arrested in the death of Kyle Yorlets have been implicated in a spree of robberies in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Investigators believe juveniles charged with killing Kyle Yorlets could be linked to at least five stolen vehicles, illustrating what Nashville police have called a “greatly concerning combination of minors, stolen vehicles and guns.”

Nashville Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron listed five vehicle thefts from across Middle Tennessee and Kentucky that he said were linked to the case.

  • A 2012 Chevy Equinox stolen Wednesday afternoon on 40th Avenue North with the keys and a pistol inside. It was recovered Thursday.
  • A 2007 Mazda 6 stolen Wednesday evening from a Nashville gas station with the keys inside. It was recovered Thursday near Yorlets’ home.
  • A 2006 green Ford Focus stolen Wednesday evening on Gwynnwood Drive near Briley Parkway with the keys inside. It was recovered Thursday morning. Police said the juvenile driver was carrying a stolen gun from the red pick-up truck linked to the case. 
  • A 2015 red Chevy Colorado truck stolen early Thursday morning from Oak Grove, Kentucky. Investigators believe suspects in Yorlets’ death were in the truck before the shooting. It was recovered Thursday night.
  • A 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe stolen from Brentwood. It was recovered outside the Walmart where the suspects were arrested Thursday night.

The group of minors were in a stolen pickup truck when they spotted musician Kyle Yorlets outside his Nashville, TN home.

The minors approached Yorlets, 24, and he gave them his wallet, authorities said. They also wanted him to give them his keys. Yorlets refused and, tragically, was fatally shot, a Nashville Police Department investigation discovered.

Five minors — two boys and three girls — were charged with criminal homicide Friday in the death of Yorlets, which has saddened the local Nashville music community.

They are 12 to 16 years of age. Police released booking photos and the names of three of those charged because they are older than 13. NewsThisSecond does not name any suspects under the age of 18 except for when a judge or magistrate has ordered that they be tried as adults.

Yorlets was the lead singer and songwriter for Carverton, a pop-punk band whose first album is scheduled for release next month.

“We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us. We are heartbroken,” the band said in a statement Friday. “Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.”


Watch/listen to Carverton’s music video, Wildside, shot before Yorlets tragically lost his life.

This post will be updated, more to come…

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Bo Dukes Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Covering Up Death of Tara Grinstead

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ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of helping hide the death of a missing Georgia teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

News outlets reported that 34-year-old Bo Dukes was sentenced Friday morning in court in Abbeville.

Dukes was convicted Thursday night of lying to investigators about the 2005 death of Tara Grinstead. The high school history teacher’s body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a pecan orchard.

What happened to the woman wasn’t revealed until Dukes and another man were arrested in 2017.

Dukes was convicted of two counts of making a false statement, hindering the arrest of a criminal and concealing a death.

His co-defendant, Ryan Alexander Duke, is charged with murder in Grinstead’s death and is scheduled for trial April 1 in Irwin County.

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US Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Whether Lee Boyd Malvo Gets A New Sentence

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March 18 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether a gunman in the 2002 Beltway Sniper case should receive a new sentence because he was a teenager at the time.

The random shootings terrorized the Washington, D.C., area in September and October 2002 and killed 10 people. Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad were ultimately captured and convicted of the sniper killings. Muhammad was executed in 2009 and Malvo is serving six consecutive life sentences. At the time of the shootings, Malvo was 17.

The Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari Monday to hear the appeal next term.

At issue is a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that said juveniles cannot be given mandatory life-without-parole sentences unless they committed murder or were determined permanently incorrigible.

A Virginia court last year vacated Malvo’s sentences and asked a trial court to rule on whether his crimes reflect permanent incorrigibility or “the transient nature of youth.”

Malvo is now 34 years old.

A U.S. Court of Appeals panel called the Beltway shootings “the most heinous, random acts of premeditated violence conceivable, destroying lives and families and terrorizing the entire Washington D.C., metropolitan area for over six weeks, instilling mortal fear daily in the citizens of that community.”

The judges said, “Malvo was 17 years old when he committed the murders, and he now has the retroactive benefit of new constitutional rules that treat juveniles differently for sentencing.”

Malvo faces life without parole in Maryland, where he killed six people. That sentence was upheld in 2017 and is pending at the state Supreme Court. Muhammad, who was 25 years older than Malvo, smuggled him into the country illegally from Antigua.

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First Murder Trial in Tara Grinstead Case Begins

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ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is standing trial on charges that he helped conceal the death of a high school teacher who disappeared more than 13 years ago.

Bo Dukes is charged with concealing a death, hindering the apprehension of a felon and lying to police after Tara Grinstead vanished from her home in rural Irwin County in October 2005. His trial began Monday in neighboring Wilcox County.

Prosecutors say Dukes’ friend, Ryan Duke, killed Grinstead and enlisted Dukes’ to help burn her body. Both men were arrested in 2017. Duke is charged with murder. His trial is scheduled to start April 1.

John McCullough testified Tuesday that he befriended Dukes during Army basic training in 2006. He said Dukes confessed to him a few weeks after they met.

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