Man Arrested for Club Lexx Shooting Denied Bond: Officials


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A judge denied bond Saturday for the security guard charged with second-degree murder for killing a man outside Club Lexx in northwest Miami-Dade.

Authorities said Friday they arrested Lukace Kendle, 26, Friday afternoon at his home on SW 291st Street. Miami-Dade Police said they arrested the security guard for shooting and killing Kijuan Byrd, 29, in a parking lot outside the club.

Kendle also faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder for shooting another unarmed man, 31-year-old Michael Smathers, who remains in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center, police said.

The incident took place on June 1 at about 10:53 p.m. outside the club at 12001 NW 27th Avenue, police said.

“My son is gone, and we can’t bring him back. And we’re going to be reminded of that tomorrow morning, when we bury him,” Byrd’s mother, Arlene Byrd, told NBC 6 Friday night.

Earlier on Friday, she and the Byrd family demanded answers and pressed authorities to make an arrest.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Byrd’s family, said the security guard who opened fire and allegedly shot Byrd six times is claiming a “stand your ground” defense.


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