Man charged with murder in Fayette Mall shooting pleads not guilty

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 16:27:11-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The man accused of shooting and killing a 17-year-old inside Fayette Mall on Sunday has pleaded not guilty.

19-year-old Xavier Hardin was arrested Monday evening and charged with murder and two counts of assault in the first degree. Hardin had a not guilty plea entered for him at his arraignment Tuesday.

Hardin's bond is set at $560,000. His next court date is August 31, according to the Fayette County District Court Clerk's Office.

Lexington Police responded to a shooting Sunday at 4 p.m. outside of Bath and Body Works inside Fayette Mall where an argument broke out. 17-year-old Kenneth Bottoms died from his injuries at the hospital. Two other victims, including another 17-year-old, have non life-threatening injuries.

Two other 18-year-olds, Cion Townsend and Nasir Lyons, have been charged with tampering with physical evidence. Police announced Monday morning that Townsend and Lyons were "associated with Bottoms."