Prosecution to file trial separation motion for princess theater shooting suspects

Jaquavion Spencer, Zamarius Humphries and Deovion Day appeared in Christian Circuit Court on Wednesday where the prosecution and defense discussed the possibility of not trying the men’s cases together.

Humphries and Spencer were arrested in relation to a shooting in 2021 outside of the Princess Theater where the pair allegedly pulled guns on one another and Humphries was shot in the neck. Deovion Day, who is charged with murder, when he allegedly attempted to shoot Spencer but fatally shot Aniyah Collins and injured G’Teria Acree.

Defense Attorney, Sands Chewning who represents Humphries and Spencer, says Commonwealth’s Attorney, Maureen Leamy is planning to file a motion to split the cases and try Spencer’s case independently. Chewning says he and Day’s defense attorney Daniel Whitley plan to object the motion.

Leamy told Circuit Court Judge Andrew Self that she is filing the motion as a result of statements Spencer made. Humphries and Day would still go to trial together if her motion passes.

Chewning says if Leamy’s motion is approved then he would prefer for each case to be tried separately.

An evidentiary hearing was set for May 28 to discuss the possibility of separating the cases ahead of trial which is set to start on June 10.