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Kyle Yorlets case: 2 teens plead guilty to second-degree murder in musician's killing

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Posted at 7:05 AM, Oct 12, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets.

Tuesday morning, Diamond Lewis appeared in court first, where she accepted a plea deal of 25 years, which must be served at 100% — but she will receive jail credit for the two years served. The remaining counts will be dismissed.

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Diamond Lewis appears in court on Oct. 12, 2021.

Lewis also appeared in court Monday, where she was expected to take the deal. However, she declined to accept it after the recent death of her brother.

The other teen charged in the case, Decorrius Wright, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, escape from custody, and theft of property. He will serve 26 years in prison and 10 months’ probation. He will also receive jail credits for time served, but it won't include the time he was away from jail when he ran away from the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Decorrius Wright appears in court, Oct. 12, 2021.

All together, Wright faced 12 charges that, with consecutive sentences, could have led to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Under this deal, the other counts were dismissed.

Both Lewis and Wright faced several charges relating to the shooting death of Kyle Yorlets. On February 7, 2019, Yorlets was fatally shot during a robbery in the alley outside his home. He was 24 years old.

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Kyle Yorlets

The Yorlets family was included on a video stream of this morning's proceedings.

The court also read aloud the victim impact statements from Yorlets' mother and father. His father, Larry, confirmed that Kyle's mother, Deb Yorlets, died this summer from a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.

Larry Yorlets said in the statement that he thinks her health declined because of the murder case.

Five teens in total were linked to his murder. At the time of his death, the suspects ranged in age from 12 to 16 years old. The three other suspects remain in the juvenile system.