Everybody is so quick to blame the “stand your ground” law, it’s not the law to blame it’s the people who think they can just shoot somebody in cold blood and get away with it. If the person is arrested and convicted of murder then the “stand your ground” law obviously doesn’t work for them. Kendle says he felt threatened by the men who were sitting in a truck smoking pot, both were unarmed. This case, I believe, on the surface seems like just a cold blooded killing and the police were right in arresting him. – Phoebe
No bond for security guard in strip-club shooting
Security guard Lukace Kendle, who is accused of killing Kijuan Byrd and wounding Michael Smathers outside a nightclub, is in jail without bond.
Monday, 06.11.12 By Alejandro Bolívar
The strip-club security guard accused of shooting two men in the parking lot remained in the Miami-Dade jail Monday without bond.
The 26-year-old Homestead man is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, 7000 NW 41st St. He is being represented by Stephen Harper of the Miami-Dade public defender office. He did not return three calls on Monday.
The June 1 shooting unfolded when Kendle, who worked security at Club Lexx, came across two men parked beside the building, 12001 NW 27th Ave. in North Miami-Dade. He told police he felt threatened by the men and shot them.
Miami Gardens residents Kijuan Byrd, 29, was shot 11 times and died, according to police. Michael Smathers, 31, was shot four times and was listed in critical condition on Friday. Jackson Memorial Hospital declined to give an updated condition for him on Monday.
Kendle remained free for nearly a week as police investigated.
The death has taken a heavy toll on the Byrd family, said attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents Smathers’ relatives. During his son’s funeral, Donald Byrd Sr. suffered a heart attack and has been confined to bed rest, Crump said.