Three suspects accused in the February 4 Sugg Street fatal shooting of Ashley Egan that also injured Dominick Yarbrough appeared in court Monday morning for their first pretrial conference.
Herman L. Roberts, 25, Rybe B. Bruch, 22, and Mar'keil K. Foster, 20, all appeared before Circuit Court Judge James Brantley at the Hopkins County Judicial Center Monday.
The suspects were indicted March 28 and pled not guilty for their alleged involvement in Egan's death.
Their indictments stem from an incident at a Sugg Street residence in Madisonville, which resulted in the death of Egan, 26, and the injury of Yarbrough, 24, her fiancé, who was shot in the leg.
In its investigation, Madisonville Police Department released information alleging Bruch drove Foster and Roberts to the couple's home with Foster and Roberts going inside.
"Foster entered the home of Dominick Yarbrough and Ashley Egan under the guise of completing a drug transaction," an MPD news release stated. "Roberts accompanied Foster into the home while Bruch remained in the vehicle. Roberts produced a weapon and demanded money from the victims that had been agreed upon for the purchase of the narcotics."
The shooting incident took place and all three suspects allegedly fled the scene, according to police.
Roberts was arrested March 1 in Memphis on unrelated charges and was transported back to Hopkins County where he was charged with murder and first-degree robbery. He is being held at the Hopkins County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
Foster was arrested in early February in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and charged with murder and first-degree robbery. The grand jury indicted him on charges of complicity to first-degree robbery and complicity to murder. He is also being held at the Hopkins County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
Bruch was arrested in Florida in late February and was transported back to Hopkins County in late March.where he was charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery and facilitation to commit murder. The grand jury indicted him on charges of facilitation to first-degree robbery and facilitation to murder. He is also being held at Hopkins County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
At their pretrial conference Monday morning, no action was taken as is usually the case for defendants' first pretrial appearance.
Foster was scheduled for another pretrial conference to take place on Monday, August 12. As of now, no dates have been confirmed for another pretrial conference for either Roberts or Bruch.