Commonwealth v. Lamonte Franklin DeFriece
Pulaski County Circuit Court
Case Numbers CR01-863 and CR01-864
Tried to a Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.
Second Degree Murder, Serving 20 years
When Pulaski Police arrived at a home on Craig Street they found a male victim sitting on a chair on the front porch. He had died from a single gunshot to the chest from a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver. The home was owned by Lamonte Franklin DeFriece who lived there alone. DeFriece claimed that the victim had come to his home and they had argued on the porch. According to DeFriece the man had threatened him with a gun so DeFriece went into his home, retrieved the revolver, and went back on the porch. He claimed the man reached inside his leather jacket and, thinking that he was reaching for a gun, DeFriece shot him.
A search of the victim and his jacket proved that he did have a concealed weapon permit, but no firearm was ever found. DeFriece was charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder. A jury was impaneled and the trial began in February, 2002. During the second day of trial, DeFriece advised the court that he wanted to change his plea to guilty and the Court found him guilty of 2nd degree murder. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and is currently held at Red Onion Maximum Security Prison.