Prosecutors lessen charge in drive-by shooting case


A woman police say was with two people charged in a fatal drive-by shooting the night of the crime now faces a significantly lesser charge.

Hayden Dunigan, 26, of Mayfield had been charged with complicity to murder, for which she could have been sentenced from 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted. During a court appearance Wednesday, prosecutors amended the charge to facilitation to murder, a class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.

According to Kentucky Revised Statute 506.080, a person is guilty of criminal facilitation when, acting with knowledge that another person is committing or intends to commit a crime, he or she engages in conduct that knowingly provides the person with means or opportunity to commit the crime and which, in fact, aids the person to commit the crime.

Criminal facilitation is a class D felony when the crime facilitated is a class A or Class B felony or capital offense.

Dunigan's defense attorney, Chancie Coleman, waived Dunigan's charge to the grand jury for consideration instead of holding her preliminary hearing Wednesday. District Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks then amended Dunigan's bond from $500,000 cash to a $25,000 surety bond.

In a surety bond, someone signs for responsibility for the defendant and does not have to pay unless the defendant does not meet the bond conditions, which include making sure the defendant makes all court appearances.

Dunigan turned herself in Aug. 22 at the Mayfield Police Department after investigators spent more than a month looking for her. Detective Nathan Young has said Dunigan was in a car with Stanford Shelton and Dimetri Ross on June 18, the night police allege Shelton fired a handgun out the window of a passing vehicle, fatally injuring SaVannah Hancock.

Dunigan had previously dated Ross, Young said.

Court records show police believe that Shelton intended to shoot Jerrod Powell, who lived in the other end of the duplex on West Lee Street. During a preliminary hearing, Young testified that all three men are members of the Vice Lords gang and that the drive-by shooting was conducted as part of dispute in leadership over the Mayfield faction of the gang.