Club Lexx Shooting Suspect Representing Himself During Trial - NBC 6 South Florida

Club Lexx Shooting Suspect Representing Himself During Trial

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    Man Accused of Shooting Man Represents Himself

    Lukace Kendle represents himself as his trial the Club Lexx parking lot shooting begins. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)

    The man accused of shooting and killing one man, and leaving another paralyzed, appeared before a judge on Wednesday.

    Lukace Kendle is acting as his own attorney in his trial. He's facing second degree murder for killing Kijuan Byrd and attempted second degree murder for shooting Michael Smathers.

    Kendle was working as a security guard three years ago at Club Lexx on Northwest 27th Avenue. He told police he shot Byrd and Smathers in the parking lot, outside the club in self-defense.

    Byrd's mother and other family members were in the courtroom as Kendle cross-examined prosecution witnesses.

    Kendle's former defense attorney was also in court during Wednesday's proceedings.

    "We have physical evidence and testimonial evidence has been given pre-trial that there was another gun involved, but Mr. Kendle, because he's representing himself, doesn't know how to get that evidence to the trial," said Carlos Pelayo Gonzalez.

    If convicted, Kendle could face a minimum of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison.

    Smathers, the victim who survived and is paralyzed, is expected to testify on Thursday. An ambulance will bring him to the courthouse.

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