Five juveniles are in jail after what police said may have been a failed robbery led to the shooting death of Carlisle native and Nashville singer Kyle Yorlets in Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday afternoon.
Metropolitan Nashville Police said Yorlets, 24, and a 2013 Carlisle High School grad, was gunned down behind his home in the 3200 block of Torbett Street around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Police said by early Thursday evening the stolen pickup truck was recovered in another precinct in Nashville. The Juvenile Crime Task Force, Youth Services detectives and North Precinct detectives worked together to determine the youths had traveled to the West Nashville Walmart on Charlotte Pike.
Officers apprehended all five juveniles — three girls, ages 15, 14 and 12, and two boys, ages 16 and 13 — at the store Thursday evening along with a loaded 9 millimeter pistol, which had been reported stolen. Police recovered a second loaded and stolen pistol from inside the store. Police then filed criminal homicide charges against five juveniles.
Police said that prior to the shooting the juveniles were in a stolen Chevrolet pickup driving in the alley behind Yorlets’ house. Police said the juveniles interacted with Yorlets, took his wallet and demanded his car keys. It is believed that he was fatally shot after he refused.
Police said Yorlets made his way back inside the home where he was found by one of his housemates. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Yorlets had been a track athlete and took part in numerous musicals while at Carlisle High School. In 2014, he and Dillsburg native Michael Curry headed to Nashville and formed the band Carverton, according to the band’s website. The rock band released its debut album in 2017, the same year Yorlets graduated from Belmont University in Nashville. The band was in the process of releasing its second album.
“On February 7, 2019 we lost our brother, best friend, and bandmate Kyle Yorlets,” the band said in a statement on Twitter Friday. “We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us. We are heartbroken. Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.
“We thank you for your support and will talk to you soon.”
John Ferguson, father of another of Yorlets’ bandmates, Christian Ferguson, started a GoFundMe campaign Friday to help the Yorlets family following Kyle’s death.
In his post on the GoFundMe site, John Ferguson called Yorlets “a bright and rising star.”
He went on to say that the Yorlets family are dairy farmers, “a life-giving vocation that requires constant care and attention” that means working around the clock despite dealing with the loss of a son and making the arrangements that follow after such a loss.
Ferguson set a goal of $10,000 for the campaign, which will be used to assist with airfare, lodging and travel expenses for the family, transport and funeral expenses for Yorlets and financial aid to pay for assistance at the farm as well as any other expenses that may come up.
Donations may be made at https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-family-of-kyle-yorlets.
Carlisle’s annual UPMC Pinnacle Ice Art Fest appears to have avoided a wash-out.
Initial forecasts for Friday, the opening day of the downtown ice sculpture event, predicted temperatures in the mid-50s. But the needle dropped into the 40s by midmorning and was expected to fall close to freezing on Saturday when most families come out to see the ice displays.
“We might have a little issue with direct sunlight, but with the temperature dropping it should be pretty good,” said Glenn White, executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, the event’s organizer.
“It should be a great day for people to walk around town with their families, and the ice should stay pretty solid,” White said.
This year’s festival features 76 sculptures, according to Kevin Gregory, president of Ice Concepts of Hatfield Township, just north of Philadelphia.
Crews started early Friday morning placing 70 sculptures, sponsored by local businesses, at locations around downtown Carlisle. These smaller pieces were pre-carved at Ice Concepts’ facility and trucked in. Insulating, reflective bags were kept on the sculptures until the official kickoff of the festival at 4 p.m. Friday.
Another six larger pieces were in the process of on-site carving and final assembly on Friday afternoon. Those include the traditional ice throne, archway and a veterans’ memorial wall. Some businesses also ordered pieces that needed on-site work, such as an ice bar to be built outside the Comfort Suites.
“We pretty much rely on the coldness of the block and squirt water in between the joints, which freezes rapidly,” Gregory said.
Ice shavings and snow, the byproduct of carvings, is also trucked in and used as a sort of glue in the cracks between the blocks being joined, Gregory said.
“The ice itself is so cold, it’s going to retain that temperature for quite a while,” Gregory said. “This is not bad weather for it at all.”
The festival runs through Sunday.
Live carving demonstrations will take place on Dickinson Avenue, next to First Presbyterian Church, starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Additions to the festival include a blacksmith who will hammer out Ice Arts Fest coins in Vale-Himes Park next to the Cumberland County Historical Society and an Ice Sculpture Garden, which will feature groupings of sculptures sponsored by businesses outside of the downtown commercial district, White said.
A veterans and community memorial wall will also be on display for the first time at the festival. The memorial wall will be located at Veteran’s Courtyard at the Square and will feature a 6-foot-tall centerpiece sculpture featuring a bald eagle. Colored shooting stars and an American flag will highlight a wall adorned with the names of veterans, community members and local organizations.
The jury in the American Legion murder trial for the first time Friday heard the defendant’s account of what happened the night 30-year-old Daniel Harris was shot and killed in 2016.
“Honestly, I was relieved,” Robert Anderson, 41, told police in a taped interview in 2016 about Harris’s death.
The first hour of the roughly three-hour interview was played in open court Friday.
Anderson is charged with first- and second-degree murder, two counts of criminal homicide, felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, according to court records.
He is accused of walking into the Haines Stackfield American Legion on West Penn Street in Carlisle and shooting Harris multiple times around 12:45 a.m. June 11, 2016.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Anderson could face the death penalty.
In 2016, Anderson told police he had arrived at his home on Spruce Street in Carlisle in the evening hours of June 10, 2016, after working on a job site in Ohio. He said he went inside and began playing the video game “Call of Duty.” He said he didn’t leave the home until after Harris was killed.
Anderson’s cellphone records were analyzed and revealed that he had moved around Carlisle the night of the shooting.
FBI Special Agent Matthew Wilde testified that Anderson’s cellphone connected to a tower near the American Legion around the time of the shooting.
This is the first evidence presented placing Anderson near the American Legion at the time of Harris’s death.
Several witnesses who were inside the American Legion also testified Friday that a black man walked into the bar and shot Harris. However, none could identify who the shooter was.
Anderson had been shot in January 2016. During his interview with police he told them about the shooting and said he was told it was Harris who had shot him.
He went on to tell police that he had made amends with Harris prior to Harris’s death.
While Friday’s testimony was not interrupted by technical issues that abruptly ended proceedings a day earlier, the day was not without its controversy.
Defense attorney Jacob Jividen, who is representing Anderson’s son Sadeek Anderson in unrelated charges, took the stand first thing Friday morning to testify about a conversation he had with Senior Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Metzger after Thursday’s testimony.
On Thursday, Sadeek Anderson contradicted statements he made to police in 2016. In court he said he was not with his father the night of the shooting and could not identify his father as a person seen running from the American Legion as he had told them previously.
Jividen told the court that Sadeek Anderson was offered consideration in a drug case for accurate testimony in court in his father’s trial, but that Metzger withdrew that offer after Thursday’s testimony.
After deliberation, Judge Edward Guido returned to the courtroom Friday morning and told the jury they could not consider anything Sadeek Anderson said a day earlier.
“It’s as if it never happened,” Guido told the jury.
Anderson’s trial is scheduled to continue Saturday and run into next week.