'Judge. Jury. Executioner:' Trial begins for man charged with first-degree murder in York




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  • 2021-12-07 02:39:23Z
  • By York Daily Record

Testifying over Zoom, York City Police Officer Jeffrey Zeigler recalled taking a report of a home invasion and assault that spanned two days in 2019.

On Nov. 25, 2019, Sonia Lucre reported, three men entered her home on Thomas Street near Jefferson Avenue in York and corralled people at gunpoint into her bedroom. The perpetrators were after her son, Donovan, who had reportedly stole a firearm and money.

Lucre told investigators that the assailants were eventually able to lure her son back to the house under the ruse that his girlfriend was sick or having seizures.

"They stripped him down, beat him up basically, with whatever they could find," Zeigler testified on Monday in the York County Judicial Center.

Shylique Folk, 19, of York.
Shylique Folk, 19, of York.  

Next, Lucre and her boyfriend, Miguel Castillo, gave formal statements at the York City Police Department and separately picked out the same three men from different photo lineups. One of them was Shylique Folk, 19, of York, though neither he nor the other two individuals were ever charged.

Less than three months later, prosecutors allege, Donovan Lucret shot and killed Folk on Smith Street near Jefferson Avenue in York on Feb. 17, 2020. Now, Lucret, 20, of York, is standing trial this week in the York County Court of Common Pleas on charges of first- and third-degree murder and carrying a firearm without a license in the killing of his former friend.

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Donovan Lucret, 20, of York, is standing trial this week in the York County Court of Common Pleas on charges of first- and third-degree murder and carrying a firearm without a license in the deadly shooting of Shylique Folk, which happened on Feb.
Donovan Lucret, 20, of York, is standing trial this week in the York County Court of Common Pleas on charges of first- and third-degree murder and carrying a firearm without a license in the deadly shooting of Shylique Folk, which happened on Feb.  

"Judge. Jury. Executioner," Deputy Prosecutor Ed Wiest said in his opening statement. "On Feb. 17, 2020, Donovan Lucret, the defendant, unleashed a hail of bullets across Smith Street - aimed at Shylique Folk."

Lucret, he said, was walking with a friend, Dayvion Robinson, on Jefferson Avenue. They crossed over the intersection, stopped and started going down Smith Street.

Next, Folk left his house. Seconds later, Lucret fired eight shots in rapid succession - at least one of which hit Folk in the head, Wiest said.

Wiest said the shooting was captured on surveillance video. The gunman was wearing a distinct red, white and blue hoodie - the same outfit that Lucret is pictured sporting three hours before the killing at Eby's Market on West Princess Street near South West Street in York. And the Pennsylvania State Police found his DNA on casings that law enforcement recovered at the crime scene.

The probability that the DNA matches is "extremely high." "So high," Wiest said, "that you'd be insane to bet against it."

Lucret, he noted, went on the lam for three months. His mother - their last names are spelled differently - left York.

Prosecutors allege that Donovan Lucret is the man pictured in this surveillance photo taken at Eby
Prosecutors allege that Donovan Lucret is the man pictured in this surveillance photo taken at Eby's Market on West Princess Street near South West Street on Feb.  

Wiest and his co-counsel, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Regan, called four witnesses on the first day of trial.

Lucret's former neighbor, Melinda Alexander, testified that she saw a picture of three men at a corner store on the York City Police Department's website.

Alexander testified that Lucret was in the center of the photo and wearing a hoodie. She said she'd seen him wear that sweatshirt in the past. He once wore it, she believes, to cover up a black eye.

"I don't believe him to be Donovan," Alexander said on cross-examination. "He is Donovan."

On March 14, 2020, Alexander gave a statement and picked Lucret out of a photo lineup. She wrote that she was 100% confident in the identification.

Later, Shakavia Rosado, who has a daughter with Folk, testified that he used to be close friends with Lucret.

But Folk and Lucret, she said, later stopped hanging out.

Rosado testified that Lucret blocked Folk on social media.

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In his opening statement, Korey Leslie, Lucret's attorney, reminded jurors that they are the finders of fact.

The jury, he said, has the most important responsibility in the case. Leslie noted that there are various allegations against his client, including that he committed murder.

"Those are allegations - allegations that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the commonwealth," Leslie said.

Leslie said he looked forward to addressing the jury again at the end of the trial and showing the panel that prosecutors cannot meet their burden of proof.

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Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness is presiding over the trial, which is set to continue on Tuesday.

Because of a COVID-19 outbreak at York County Prison, Lucret is being held without bail in the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex.

Contact Dylan Segelbaum at 717-771-2102.

This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Deadly shooting in York: Donovan Lucret on trial for first-degree murder

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