Teen accused in death of Nashville musician sentenced to 25 years

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two teenagers accused in connection with the 2019 murder of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets accepted a plea deal in a Davidson County courtroom Tuesday.

Diamond Lewis, 17, was scheduled to go on trial Oct. 25 for first-degree premeditated murder until she accepted a plea deal for second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison. She must serve 100% of the sentence but will receive credit for the two years she has already served.

Decorrius Wright also accepted a plea deal and will serve 26 years in prison and 10 years probation.

Kyle Yorlets, 24, was shot in the alley behind his West Nashville home in 2019. He was able to make it back inside the residence, which is where one of his housemates found him.

He was a graduate of Belmont University, worked at Milk and Honey in the Gulch and was the lead singer of the band Carverton.

Diamond Lewis
Diamond Lewis (Photo: WKRN)

Investigators determined the five juvenile suspects were in the alley behind Yorlets’ home when they spotted him outside. The juveniles took his wallet and demanded the keys to his vehicle, according to Metro police. However, police said Yorlets was shot after he refused to give his car to the teenagers.

Five juveniles, three girls, ages 12, 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 13 and 16, were initially charged in his death.

Diamond Lewis Roniyah McKnight Decorrius Wright
Diamond Lewis Roniyah McKnight Decorrius Wright (Photo: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

Under Tennessee law, they can be identified by police because they are charged with homicide and are over the age of 13. All five children were considered runaways and were being looked for by Metro Youth Services workers because they are considered suspects in other crimes.

Two of the suspects, Lewis and Decorrius Wright, had their cases transferred to adult court.

“He would go up to random strangers and introduce himself; sit down and have casual conversations with everyone,” recalled Yorlets’ sister Melissa Negley said. “He lit up the room, like everyone said, huge smile, very religious, always talking about Jesus or God, literally loved everybody.”

Kyle Yorlets murder
(Photo: WKRN)

“He created his second family down there and despite everything that happened, I know that if he was still here, he’d be like, ‘I’d still live there.’ He loved Nashville,” Negley said.

Yorlets’ mother, Deb Yorlets, died from cancer in July 2021, before any of her son’s accused murderers were brought to justice.

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