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Crime

March 28, 2013

Couple accused in Race Street shooting plead not guilty

RICHMOND — The man indicted on charges of first-degree assault and wanton endangerment in connection with a Race Street shooting last fall is once again back in jail.

Tony Ray “B.J.” Gay appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment on the charges, along with his girlfriend, Nicole Transeau, who also has been indicted as a co-conspirator.

Gay and Transeau pleaded not guilty. They both are represented by attorney Jim Baechtold.

Gay had just been released on bond Nov. 19 from the Madison County Detention Center when Richmond police say he shot a man on Race Street.

The victim, William Gross, suffered an abdominal wound but recovered following hospitalization.

Gay and Transeau face charges of first-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Gay also was indicted on a charge of convicted felon in possession of a handgun and as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

First-degree assault normally carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, but because Gay already is a felon, the charge is enhanced and carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

At Thursday’s hearing, Judge Jean C. Logue said Gay had two outstanding warrants for his arrest – an indictment warrant and a warrant out of Madison District Court for failure to pay a fine.

Gay’s bond in the shooting case was reduced by a district judge Jan. 2. That same day, he posted a  $10,000 cash or property bond with the conditions he have no further violations of the law and no contact with the victim, according to court documents.

Logue also made mention of Gay’s 2010 escape from jail custody. When he was 19, Gay was being taken back to the detention center after a hearing in Madison Circuit Court when he was able to slip away from sheriff’s deputies.

Gay surrendered to jail officials three days after his escape. Following that incident, it became policy that all prisoners must be placed in leg cuffs, belly bands and handcuffs when they are transported, according to news reports.

Transeau, Gay’s co-defendant in the shooting case, was not jailed until she was indicted earlier this month, She is now in the home incarceration program.

However, a sheriff’s deputy and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith raised concerns that Gay and Transeau were having contact with each other based on postings on their public Facebook profiles.

In one instance, after Transeau was released March 24, she posted on Gay’s page: “I missed you too babyboy, but im out now boo you got me now bae.”

Logue warned Transeau to have no contact with her co-defendant and expressed concern that the woman is currently living with Gay’s grandmother.

Gay and Transeau are scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 18.

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