Shooting suspect could face deportation

A Columbus resident charged with attempted murder could be deported from the United States as well as face a prison term of up to 46 years if convicted.

During his initial hearing Friday, Kyle K. Husbands, 28, told Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Jim Worton his immigration status is classified as long-term permanent resident.

Foreign-born residents with that status are commonly referred to as having a green card, public defender Christopher Clerc said.

Both Worton and Clerc said deportation of Husbands is a possibility, although that decision would be made by federal immigration officials.

Husbands is a citizen of Trinidad, an island nation off northeast Venezuela in South America, his booking report states.

During Friday’s hearing, Husbands was formally charged with shooting Tyler L. Lucas, 24, of Columbus, and Cody J. Spencer, 19, of Franklin, who are both expected to recover from their wounds.

The two had just fought the defendant to protect a woman that Husbands allegedly struck and was choking minutes before the shooting at 1212 Pearl St., a police affidavit stated.

While that document, written by Columbus Police detective Ryan Linneweber, quoted a witness as saying two shots were fired, the affidavit also stated there were three wounds between the two men.

Spencer had been shot once in the chest while Lucas sustained two wounds to his legs, the affidavit stated. However, police said they recently received an audio recording that indicates at least four shots were fired.

After Husbands told the judge he was attempting to hire his own counsel, Worton scheduled an attorney status hearing for Feb. 13. The judge said he will wait until the defendant has an attorney to considered reducing the current bond of $2.5 million surety or $250,000 cash.

What's next?

During an initial court hearing in Bartholomew Superior Court 1, the following court dates for Kyle K. Husbands were established by Judge Jim Worton.

Feb. 13: Attorney status hearing 

June 27: Case status hearing

July 11: Change-of-plea hearing, 9:45 a.m. 

July 26: Tentative trial date, 8:30 a.m.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.