Surveillance video and a witness led police to arrest two men in the shooting death of an Army sergeant, a detective testified Wednesday.
Omahans Jason Devers, 35, and Larry Goynes, 27, each is charged with first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon. The men are being held without bail in connection with the Jan. 6 death of Kyle LeFlore, 27, outside the Reign Lounge in the Florence neighborhood.
Police said Goynes shot LeFlore while robbing him of gold chains just before 2 a.m. in the northeast corner of the lounge parking lot at 8919 N. 30th St. Police Detective Brandon Hahn told the court that video shows Devers and Goynes inside and outside the lounge.
LeFlore can be seen on video wearing several gold chains, but they weren’t around his neck after the shooting, Hahn said. Goynes, he testified, can be seen running from the parking lot after the shooting and then walking toward a maroon Chevrolet Yukon that belonged to Devers. The Yukon was parked about six blocks away.
A witness, whose identity is being protected due to alleged tampering, told investigators that she was with Goynes and Devers in the Yukon outside the lounge when LeFlore went outside. One of the defendants, the witness told police, said, “There he is” or “There he goes” just before Goynes got out of the vehicle with a gun.
The witness told police that Devers drove down Curtis Avenue and parked, waiting for Goynes. When Goynes got back to the vehicle, the witness told police, he was carrying some gold chains.
Devers, she said, asked Goynes, “Is that all you’ve got. What do I get?” Goynes handed Devers a gold chain with a cross on it. The two then exchanged 9 mm Smith & Wesson handguns, the woman told police.
“The witness told us that Goynes said he ‘had to pop (LeFlore)’ because there was a fight,” Hahn said.
A gold chain with a cross on it later was turned over to police by a girlfriend of Devers’, who found it hidden in a dresser at her home. Hahn said tests found LeFlore’s DNA on the chain.
Hahn said two guns recovered by police are being tested in connection with the homicide. One of the guns was found in a Benson Towers apartment during a gang-unit search for drugs, he said.
The gun allegedly was in the possession of Shydale Glass, 20. He is charged with being an accessory to a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.