Jury Finds Kendrick Kitchen Guilty of First-Degree Murder, Three Others Plead Guilty For 2015 Murder

By  //  October 3, 2017

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Earlier today, 23-year-old Kendrick Kitchen, of Titusville was found guilty by a Brevard County Jury for the 2015 murder of Rayshaan Berry. Three other defendants in the murder, previously pled and were sentenced for their participation in the murder.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Earlier today, 23-year-old Kendrick Kitchen, of Titusville was found guilty by a Brevard County Jury for the 2015 murder of Rayshaan Berry.

The jury found Kitchen guilty of Felony First Degree Murder and Discharging a Firearm Causing Death during a Robbery with a Firearm.

Kitchen was immediately sentenced by the judge to a Life Term for each count.

Three other defendants in the murder, previously pled and were sentenced for their participation in the murder.

Authorities say 25-year-old David Richardson pled to Second Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, 22-year-old Lauren Hudgens pled to 2nd Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm and was sentenced to 50 years in prison and 22-year-old Sir Aljenon Ingram pled to Manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office conducted the Rayshaan Berry death investigation in the area of State Road 50, approximately 3 miles west of I-95 in Titusville, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (Jared Crowl video)

A fourth co-defendant, 22-year-old Damien Young is still awaiting trial.

Investigators say the body of Rayshaan Berry was discovered on State Road 50 outside of Titusville on the morning of June 1, 2015, by a motorist.

Rayshaan Berry

Homicide agents determined that Hudgens lured Berry to a local motel, under the ruse of engaging in prostitution.  After arriving at the arranged location, Berry was ambushed by a group who intended to take his money.

The investigation determined that Berry refused to comply with the robbery and was shot during the ensuing altercation. Berry’s body was then driven west of I-95 on State Road 50 where it was dumped on the side of the road.

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Sheriff Wayne Ivey spoke about the jury’s verdicts.

“Please join me in thanking everyone involved who helped bring these violent offenders to justice,” Ivey stated.

“I would especially like to thank our State Attorney’s Office, the Jury and the Honorable Judge Robin Lemonidis for their committed service to the Justice system!”

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