2 men plead not guilty to manslaughter and burglary

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By Lisa King

Two men charged in connection with the October 2008 shooting death of a Shelbyville man pleaded not guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court on Monday.

Timothy Carpenter of La Grange and Joshua Fast of Crestwood, both 22, pleaded not guilty to complicity second-degree manslaughter and second-degree burglary in Shelby Circuit Court.

Carpenter and Fast were indicted in October 2008 on the burglary charge, and the manslaughter charge was added for both men in February 2010.

The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 18, 2008, when David Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville was fatally shot in an attempted burglary of a home on Brown Avenue in Shelbyville, where Fletcher once lived.

Fletcher was shot by Eric Reynolds, 23, who was the resident of the home.

Carpenter and Fast were waiting for Fletcher in a pickup truck. After Fletcher was shot, he made it back to the truck but died before Carpenter and Fast could get him to the hospital.

Police discovered the men in the truck after they called 911 to get help for Fletcher, and they were taken into custody and charged with complicity to second-degree burglary. Both bonded out of jail.

No further charges were brought until the grand jury handed down its manslaughter indictment in January.

Reynolds has not been charged in the shooting, telling police he thought Fletcher was an intruder.

Fast and Carpenter were assigned to a public defender, Ashley Bailey and given a court date of May 17 for a pretrial conference.