Courtroom Outburst During Teens Murder Hearing

A Lexington teenager convicted of murder just a little more than a year ago was back in court Friday. Darius Frye was 15 when he shot and killed 35-year-old Billy Allen Parker in 2005. Friday he was re-sentenced because he has now turned 18.

Judge Pamela Goodwine had two options at Friday's hearing. The judge could have sentenced Frye to probation, essentially letting him out of prison after only serving three years of his 40 year sentence. The other option was to send him to an adult prison to serve out the remainder of his time.

During Friday's hearing, both sides were allowed to speak. The victim's family spoke first, saying probation should not be an option because their son is dead and serving less than three years for murder is inconceivable. Frye's father, however, told a much different story. He said his son was wrong but deserves a second chance because he was just a child when the murder was committed. He then went on to say if his son were white he would not have received 40 years. That comment caused the victim's brother to jump up, forcing courtroom bailiff to restrain him.

In the end, Judge Goodwine had the final say. She spent at least ten minutes giving Frye's family a piece of her mind. She told the family the case was not an issue of race but an issue of Frye taking responsibility for killing a man. She even told Frye's father from the bench, it was time race stopped being an excuse.

The judge ended up sending Frye to an adult prison to serve out his time, saying probation wasn't an option. She told Frye the court felt he was likely to commit another crime. He'll now be eligible for parole after 20 years.


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  • by JalA on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:35 AM
    The judge did not take into consideration that Darius Frys was and is still living with a mental illness! This young man has to be on medication! Not saying that he shouldnt be punished for his crime, but why not get him the help he needs mentally, also, I have seen so many others charged and convicted with murder get 10 yrs. And the circumstances were the same! I feel the judge didnt want the race card pulled on her because she is black and gave him that outrageous sentence instead of the recommended sentence of MANSLAUGHTER IN THE 1st DEGREE!
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      by Unknown on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:54 PM in reply to JalA
      You must known him personally to know he had and still has a mental problem. I'm curious to know who you are because I also know him very personally. But I couldn't agree more instead of giving him the help he needed they just hung him out to dry or should I say fed him to the wolves. But everything happens for a reason and best believe he'll be in court again and once everything comes out into the open then everyone is going to eat all the negative things they said about him and his family.
  • by Lyle & Eric Menedez Location: Prison stupid on Jan 12, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    If we had been black we would not have been given life. Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it
  • by Observer Location: Ky on Jan 12, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    I commend the judge in this case. The way she handled the families remarks about race having anything to do with the sentencing was outstanding. We need more people like her in our judicial system. All she seen was the crime committed and acted accordingly.She is one hell-of-a woman!!!!I for one am sooo sick of hearing "race". We are all humans and are all the same!!!!
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond, KY on Jan 11, 2008 at 11:28 PM
    This story is just one of many that proves we are no better off now than when we were when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up on that bus. Her Ideals were that of Race not being an issue and now The african american community has to once again defend themselves not from the white people but from members of their own race who continue to play the race card to get special treatment or play the race card in order to get less of a punishment. And to those people I say you make Rosa Parks roll over in her grave!
  • by Johnny Cochran Location: O PLEASE on Jan 11, 2008 at 09:52 PM
    Ladie & gentman of the jury, IF IT DONT FIT, YOU MUST AQUIT. Guess what Mr. Frye IT FITS , and the big boys in the joint are gonna get him to pick up that bar of soap! Nobody said living the gangsta lifestyle was pain free.
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      by JalA on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:42 AM in reply to Johnny Cochran
      He isnt picking up soap sweetheart...believe that!!!
  • by SGT Howard Location: KY on Jan 11, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    about time justice was served and once again the race card was thrown in. i bet SPIKE LEE will have to comment about that. he did the crime now let him do the time. 3 years dont bring comfort for the loss of the victim, 20 for sure....
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      by JalA on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:54 AM in reply to SGT Howard
      Not spike lee....... Yeah 20 maybe..but not if we cam help it! The dopehead shouldnt have tried to rob him and he would syill be here today killing his self smoking crack! Seem like to me he already had a death sentence..SGT. WHERE WERE U WHEN THE TRANSACTION WAS GOING DOWN? Maybe they both would be with there families today!
  • by 40 years! Location: Serve it all. on Jan 11, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    Good for you Judge!! I am so sick of people using the race card. You can't kill someone and get away with it!
  • by ralph Location: pikeville on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    HE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO KILL AND HE NEEDS TO SERVE THE TIME WITHOUT A REDUCED. SHOULD BE GLAD TO BECAUSE IF I HAD BEEN THE JUDGE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HANGED.

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