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Teen charged in drive-by shooting that blinded 5-year-old Lexington boy

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 17:13:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Seven months after the incident, Lexington police have charged Michael Lemond with the shooting of Malakai Roberts and his mother Cacy.

Lemond, who was charged while awaiting trial on numerous other charges, accepted a not guilty plea on charges of wanton endangerment and assault. His bond, originally set at $25,000, was amended up to $40,000.

Lemond is now accused of firing the gun into the Roberts’ home days before Christmas of 2020. Malakai, who was five years old at the time was struck in the head leaving him blind and without his sense of taste or smell. Cacy took a gunshot to the arm and has recovered. Lemond’s birth mother April Isaacs says she knows her son was heading down the wrong path but remains convinced he did not pull the trigger that night.

“I’m not sure he’s cooperating with the authorities,” Isaacs said. “It wasn’t his bullet that hit that kid and he doesn’t want to implicate who did it and I’m not going to either,” she continued.

After giving Michael up for adoption when he was four, the two were reunited about one year ago and Michael was living in his mother’s home. Isaacs said she could tell he was heading down the wrong path, but at his age, she admits it was tough to stop.

“I talked to him yesterday and he was just basically sobbing the whole time,” she said of her last interaction with Michael.

Michael will return to court on Tuesday, July 27 for his preliminary hearing.

“My heart goes out to the family,” Isaacs said. “He’s very remorseful about the whole incident. It just wasn’t his gun that hit them. I just feel that needs to get out there,” she continued.

Lemond is currently lodged at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online, or through the P3 tips app.