Trial date set for Bethel Street murder suspect

A trial date was set Wednesday morning for the man accused of shooting Corvyan Thomas to death during an attempted robbery on Bethel Street.

Attorney Eric Bearden represents 27-year old Shakkory Willis and is asking for his $1 million bond to be reduced, saying he doesn’t represent a high flight risk and that he’s at a high risk for COVID-19.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jerad Smith argued the seriousness of the charge should preclude any bond reduction.

Circuit Judge John Atkins said he’ll take the bond motion under advisement and rule in the coming days.

Willis is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and unlawful transaction with a minor. Willis is accused of shooting Thomas in an attempted robbery where Dylan Stewart was also shot in the leg during the incident.

Judge Atkins set a trial date of November 16.

Willis’ co-defendants—Korey Zivotin, James Yates, Lane Carter, Tia Ochs and Madison Wilson—have all accepted plea deals for their roles in the incident. Zivotin, who is 16-years old, must serve at least 85 percent of a 15 year sentence for shooting Stewart.