Murder suspects indicted, 911 tapes released


by Adam Walser

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 3 at 6:57 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A fight broke out between members of a visiting softball team and a group of local men, all of whom had prior criminal records.

Here is an excerpt from the 911 calls:

Operator: 911 what is your emergency?

Caller: Will you please send police to Barbara Lee's Kitchen? They're fighting out in the street. There are a whole bunch of them.

Operator:  How many?

Caller: I don't know, honey. There's like nine in a group and they're fighting three people.

Things quickly got more serious, as Bryan Stevenson, a former Eastern Kentucky University baseball star, was injured.

The next caller said, “I've got a kid laying in the road. He's in the middle of the road. That kid is bad off. He was assaulted. They were all in a fight out here.”

“One guy's pretty (expletive) up. You got to send E.M.S. here. He's laying on the deck right now. It's not good,” said a third caller.

Stevenson later died from his injuries.

David Pryor, William Schindler, Donald Hays and Justin Werner were all indicted for his murder, for assaulting one of his teammates who didn't die and on also on drug charges Thursday.

Hays has been charged with dozens of crimes in the past and is represented by Steve Romines.

Romines says the softball players were the initial aggressors.

“My client was involved in this when he received a phone call from his friend who is 5’6, 129 pounds,” Romines said. “He says these guys just spit on my face and said as soon as I walk out, they're gonna beat the hell out of me.”
He goes on to call Hays, who was also indicted on a charge that he is a persistent felony offender, a Good Samaritan.

“He gets called out of his house to come help out his friend and next thing you know, he's charged with murder for a guy that he never touched,” said Romines.

Romines says the softball players caused trouble at Turners Field and at another bar earlier in the evening.

We've learned that the four men allegedly involved in the fatal attack may have tried to start a fight at another area establishment. A man who doesn't want to be identified says he was over at the Diamond Pub on Frankfort Avenue last Thursday when those four men tried to start a fight with him and his friends.

An employee of Diamond's also verified that man's account and says police were called.

The suspects are all in metro corrections under $250,000 bonds.

They will be arraigned on all of the charges next Monday.

At that time, their attorneys plan to ask for bond reductions.