Police release more information about driver accused of killing 4 teens while evading police



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:13 PM

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(WHAS11) - WHAS 11 News has learned new information about 16 year old Herbert Lee - the driver who police say crashed a stolen car, killing four young passengers.

WHAS 11's Adrianna Hopkins has been following this story from the beginning, she explains the connection between a New Albany carjacking and the crash.

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The carjacking happened back on Dec. 13th at the Target parking lot on State Street, where authorities say five individuals stole this hummer.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says Herbert Lee drove to the carjacking in the stolen Honda Accord police say he crashed five days later.

Henderson says all the individuals involved in the carjacking are from Louisville and warrants are out for Royce Buford and Tyson Lee Gholson. They face felony charges for the carjacking, armed robbery and auto theft.

Henderson says two other juveniles are also involved. One's in custody in Indiana, and police are searching for the other. He's not decided whether to charge those juveniles as adults.

He thinks the grand plan behind this carjacking involved drug dealing.

Henderson says he's talked to Herbert Lee and Lee's been cooperative. But Henderson said he couldn't speak about Lee's emotion regarding the accident that killed the Claybrooks brothers and their friend Aaron Shields.

"We talked to the parents of the 4 deceased. And I can say, Jemar Claybrooks, Demar Claybrooks, Marc Claybrooks and Aaron Shields - I can say these four individuals are not involved with the carjacking or the theft of the Honda Accord," said Floyd Co. Prosecutor Keith Henderson. "Mr. Lee's cooperated with us in IN. He's not going to be charged in IN because of what he faces in Louisville."

Lee faces charges stemming from the crash on the night of December 18th. Brothers Jemar, Demar and Marc Claybrooks along with their friend Aaron Shields, were leaving a Youth Alive event when they wound up in a stolen car allegedly driven by 16 year old Herbert Lee.

An LMPD officer spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to pull over the driver. According to reports, Herbert Lee refused to pull over and led police on a short pursuit that ended in a deadly crash. Lee is charged with four counts of murder, and questions were raised about his possible connection to a New Albany carjacking the week before.

Family spokesperson Chris 2X talked to both families and he tells us the families are well aware of the decision by the Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson and at some point later on this evening will have a joint statement.

Regarding the investigation of Youth Alive, Rita Hayes, Chairman of the Board of Youth Alive says:

"Our investigation is not complete, however, I can say there is absolutely no indication that the four boys who died on December 18 were in any way involved in the stealing of the car."

She felt she owed it to the families of the boys to clear their names.