Accused gunman in Friday homicide appears in court

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A man police say is responsible for an armed robbery that ended with a man being shot to death in Lincoln Courts was arraigned Monday in Jackson City Court. Christopher Lyles, 20, faces numerous charges including first-degree murder after police say he and a juvenile fatally shot a man early Friday during a robbery, according to an affidavit. The juvenile also has been charged and is expected to appear for a detention hearing in juvenile court sometime Monday, according to police. Police say Lyles and a 17-year-old male forced their way into a 33 Carver Avenue apartment around 3:40 a.m. Friday while both were armed with handguns. Lyles and the juvenile then forced two men onto the floor and threatened to shoot them while demanding money and “weed,” the document states. Three witnesses were in the apartment during the robbery and later identified Lyles as one of the gunmen, according to police. Lyles and his accomplice then forced the two men to leave the apartment and walked them to nearby Lincoln Courts Apartments to attempt a second robbery, according to the affidavit. Police say Lyles directed one of the men to knock on the door of an apartment so he could rob the person inside. When the resident of the apartment, Beau Reid, 29, came out of the rear of the apartment, Lyles and the juvenile shot him multiple times, according to the affidavit. Lyles is charged with first-degree murder during the perpetration of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, according to court papers. Lyles is being held without bond.

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