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A co-defendant in a case involving a fatal crash as robbery suspects fled Lakewood police is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County District Court on Wednesday.
William Kenny Mays, 40, has been charged with robbery, theft and menacing, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. His appearance Wednesday is for an advisement hearing.
Mays and co-defendants Donna Carol Smith, 50, and Logan Jay Doutrich, 44, on Dec. 4 were allegedly fleeing a robbery at an Ulta Beauty store when the vehicle, driven by Doutrich, crashed into a Honda, killing 76-year-old Christopher Avery.
The crash happened at West First Avenue and Harland Street. Avery died at the scene and the three suspects were taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot, the affidavit said.
Prior to the crash, Mays and Smith had entered the Ulta store, 498 S. Wadsworth Blvd., where the pair filled bags with bottles of perfumes and dashed to a waiting Mitsubishi Galant, with Doutrich behind the wheel, according to an arrest affidavit.
Mays and Smith allegedly threatened staff and shoppers in the store, the affidavit said. The pair is suspected of twice robbing the same store, in the same fashion, once on Aug. 23 and again on Sept. 6. Employees told investigators they recognized the couple. Just under $8,000 in perfume was robbed during the two earlier incidents.
Smith, according to the affidavit, yelled at employees that she would “shoot” them if they attempted to intervene. Mays kept one hand in a pocket as if he was armed with a gun or knife.
During the December robbery, Lakewood police arrived as the Mitsubishi was pulling away from the store. Officers were advised that the suspect where possibly “armed,” the affidavit said.
Police pursued the car eastbound on West Alameda Avenue at 72 mph, according to the affidavit, and the pursuit was quickly called off because of the high speed. The escape vehicle crashed a short time later.
Smith, like Mays, has been charged with robbery, theft and menacing. Doutrich has been charged with vehicular homicide reckless driving, vehicular eluding with death, and theft. Smith and Doutrich have a preliminary hearing scheduled on Jan. 7.