Lancaster man pleads guilty in 2011 murder, armed robbery

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— A Lancaster man charged in connection with a fatal shooting two years ago pleaded guilty when he was scheduled to go on trial for murder Monday morning.

Junior Lee Kiker, Jr., 31, will spend the next 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, said Sixth Circuit Court Solicitor Doug Barfield. He will receive credit for the time he’s already served in jail.

Kiker in July 2011 was charged with murder after police say he, Samantha Diane Humphries and Cameron Leroy Maier conspired to rob David Brazzell, 41.

When police arrived at Brazzell’s Rutledge Street home, they found him on the floor, face down with a gunshot wound in his back, police said.

Humphries, who was Brazzell’s ex-girlfriend, told authorities the suspect ran out of the house.

Police later learned that Humphries and Kiker “decided they needed money” and decided to rob Brazzell, who lived around the corner from Humphries, Barfield said.

Brazzell let Humphries inside his home, after which Kiker went inside and shot him, police said. Kiker and Humphries were both charged with murder.

Monday morning, Kiker was expected to go to trial, Barfield said. A jury selection was slated to begin when Kiker decided to plead guilty.

Humphries and Maier, who was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, are still awaiting their days in court, Barfield said. He said Maier had been with Humphries and Kiker earlier in the evening as they planned to rob Brazzell, but it’s unclear how “far he went with things.”

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