Man convicted in death of 4 teens arrested, accused of being in stolen car


by WHAS11

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 2:32 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man convicted in the deaths of four teens is back behind bars at Metro Corrections.

The arrest comes just months after he was released from prison for crashing a stolen car and killing four Louisville teenagers. Lee was arrested Thursday night after police said he was in a stolen car.

Lee was in a Jefferson County court room Friday.

"His prior history? Stolen cars," a prosecutor said in court.

He's charged with driving a stolen car with a suspended or revoked license. The judge set a
$10,000 bond and said Lee is considered a danger to the community.

Judge: "You indicated that you had a lawyer?"
Herbert Lee: "Well my last day was with my public defender."
Judge: "So you're seeking the services of a public defender. You are unemployed."

Police said they pulled over Lee and a passenger at 26th and Ali Thursday night. After running the tags, officers discovered the bright red 2012 Camaro was stolen. According to the police report, the Camaro is just one car of several stolen from Avis car rental at the Louisville airport. Police did not say if Lee is involved in the theft of the vehicle.

"It's just frustrating as a law enforcement agency to rearrest an individual like Herbert Lee just a few short years since the tragedy of him killing four people," Lt. Kit Steimle with Louisville Metro Police said.

Lee was sentenced in December 2010 in the deaths of Brothers Jemar, Demar and Marc Claybrooks and their friend Aaron Shield. In a stolen car, Lee picked up the teens from a Youth Alive event - a high speed chase ensued, ending when Lee slammed into a tree.

In 2010, Lee offered an apology to the families of the teens.

"Truly sorry for the pain and frustration I've caused over these years and I promise to the family and to myself and the four teens I will be a better man," Lee said.

WHAS11 was told Lee was going to enroll in school and start a new part-time job.

Frankie Shields, father of Aaron Shields who died in the 2008 crash, said he is disappointed Lee blew his second chance.

"No, we don't have any animosity. We have turned it over. It's no longer our business. It's just sad we have to see another young person in the community have an opportunity and just don't take it," Frankie Shields said.

Lee is due back in court in 10 days.