Yearly Archives: 2015

12/30 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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12/22 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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12/18 Weekly Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: December 21, 2015 – January 1, 2016

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS (Past Week)

Thomas Terry – 12CR3356 (Burglary 1st, Assault 1st, Wanton Endangerment 1st)

  • Mr. Terry (DOB 02/15/86) unlawfully entered a residence for purposes of stealing valuables. He held the victim homeowner at gunpoint and forced her into her bedroom. The victim’s husband returned home during the invasion; he was knocked to the ground and shot by Mr. Terry who then fled the scene. At trial, the defendant was found guilty on all counts and was sentenced to Eleven Years by the jury. Rob Eggert was the defense attorney. Alex Gaddis and Elizabeth Jones-Brown were the prosecutors.

Gary Earkman- 15CR3219 (Burglary in the Second Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Earkman (DOB 7/10/79) pleaded guilty on December 15, 2015 in Division 3.  Mr. Earkman violently assaulted the victim on August 9, 2015.  Mr. Earkman strangled the victim, causing a brain hemorrhage and petechiae to the upper palate and eye.  Mr. Earkman agreed to not seek probation and was sentenced to six years to serve.  Courtney Straw was the prosecutor.

Sherese Lanee Banks- 15CR2375 (Willfully Prepared False Individual Income Tax Returns)

  • Ms. Banks (DOB 07/03/85) pleaded guilty on December 18, 2015, in Division 11 of the Jefferson Circuit Court to 16 counts of willfully preparing false individual income tax returns. Ms. Banks prepared state tax returns for individuals and would submit them to the State. However, they were submitted with fabricated information on them resulting in a larger return to the individuals than they were entitled to. Ms. Banks was sentenced to one year on supervised diversion and cannot prepare anyone’s tax returns other than her own for three years. Ryan W. Becker is the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Erick D. Richie- 15CR3300 ([Twenty Count Indictment] Primarily involving Trafficking Offenses)

  • Mr. Richie (02/01/95) will be arraigned into Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 2, in connection with multiple narcotics trafficking offenses. Frank Dahl is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Derrick Johnson- 15CR2916 (Fetal Homicide I, Assault I [Four Counts]), Wanton Endangerment I, No Insurance, DUI-1st Aggravating Circumstances).

  • Mr. Johnson (DOB 05/15/80) is charged in connection with a motor vehicle crash which occurred on or about October 25, 2015, resulting in serious physical injury to four people and the death of a fetus. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Circuit Court Division Nine. Nathan Batey is the prosecutor.

Ashish Parekh- 15CR2667 (Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or Other Prohibited Activities)

  • Mr. Parekh (DOB 4/22/82) is charged with Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or Other Prohibited Activities.  Mr. Parekh is accused of answering a Craig’s List ad, corresponding with and later arranging to meet for sexual contact, a person who he believed to be a 15 year old female.  That person was in fact an investigator with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2015 at 9:00 in Division Nine of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

Travon Harrison & Shajuantia Jackson- 15CR3307 (Complicity to Murder, Complicity to Burglary I, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Wanton Endangerment I [Three Counts], Assault IV [Jackson Only])

  • Mr. Harrison (DOB 04/24/96) and Ms. Jackson (DOB 10/20/90) are charged in connection with the December 10, 2015, shooting death of Tevin Logan. They were arraigned on December 18, 2015. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Allen Lehmann – 14CR1393 (Sodomy in the First Degree [Two Counts], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [Seven Counts])

  • Mr. Lehmann (DOB 6/8/38) is charged with sodomizing and sexually abusing three girls under the age of twelve.  Mr. Lehmann will appear in court for a hearing regarding evidence of prior child sexual abuse and access to confidential records.  The hearing will take place December 28, 2015.  The trial is set for February 2, 2016, in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 1.  Courtney Straw is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Brian Edmonds- 12CR0097 (Murder [Two Counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Edmonds (08/05/93) is the defendant in a Capital Murder Trial for two homicides that occurred on December 10, 2011, when two men, Curtis H. Smith and Deshone Alexander Henry were shot to death in their vehicle near 1521 Beech Street. The trial will be entering its 3rd week on Monday, December 21st 2015, in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 5. Frank Dahl and Josh Porter are the prosecutors.

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12/17 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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12/11 Weekly Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: December 14 – December 18, 2015

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Anthony Kessinger, Antonio Wilson, Ernest Cockerell, Roberta Smothers, Terry M. Tidwell, Jenny Cockerell, Edward Lachalmelle, Steven Cockerell, Brittany Baird, Billy Williams, Robert Smothers, Eddie Maddox, Stephanie Cockerell- 15CR3225  (Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime, Trafficking Offenses [Various])

  • On November 12, 2015, Detectives completed a long-term narcotics investigation and used SWAT Team to enter 2920 Bank St. Search of residence found a large bag of suspect crystal meth, a large bag of suspect heroin, bag of marijuana, scales, baggies, drug ledgers, needles, phones, a large amount of money in small bills and a loaded handgun. The case will be arraigned on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 3:00 in Division 12 of the Jefferson County Circuit Court.  Andrew Beckman is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

James Morris- 15CR0411 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder)

  • James Morris (DOB 10/21/98) is charged with Murder and Criminal Attempt Murder in connection with the Murder of Shavon Ross a 16 year old female and Attempted Murder of Keijuan Scott on November 29, 2014 at 657 S. 24th   A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 9:00 in Division One of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

Kevon Taylor- 15CR2435 (Assault I [Three counts], Assault II [Five Counts])

  • Mr. Taylor (DOB 1/1/89) is charged with the July 19, 2015, shooting at Cole’s Place at 29th and Kentucky Streets.  Eight people were struck, including a pregnant woman and her unborn baby who was delivered immediately thereafter.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 at 9:15 in Division 10.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Jessie Smith- 14CR2942 (Murder, Robbery I, and PFO I)

  • Defendant Smith (DOB 04/03/87) is charged with Murder, Robbery I, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree in connection with the shooting death of Terron Johnson which occurred on October 28, 2014.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for December 17, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2.   Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

Robert A. Taylor- 15CR2649 (TICS in the 1st Degree While in Possession of a Firearm (3 counts), TICS in the 2nd Degree While in Possession of A Firearm, TICS in the 3rd Degree While in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of A Handgun by A Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property Firearm, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Defendant Taylor (DOB 5/22/81) is charged in connection with the above referenced charges as a result of an investigation conducted by the Mobile 9th The Defendant allegedly had in his possession large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription pills.  Also, in Defendant Taylor’s possession was a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 9 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

John McLeaney- 15CR3211 (Robbery in the First Degree [ Two Counts], Kidnapping, Burglary in the First Degree, Impersonating a Peace Officer, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, Tampering With Physical Evidence, and Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. McLeaney (DOB 10/11/69) has been indicted for offenses occurring on November 9, 2015, and November 28, 2015.   Arraignment has already occurred.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 26, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 10.   Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Linda Lee- 14CR1628 (Arson I [Twenty-Five Counts], Arson II [Five Counts], Arson III,  Wanton Endangerment I [Eighteen counts])

  • Ms. Lee was charged in connection with 43 separate fires that were set between the dates of December 17, 2012 and June 16, 2014.  On August 13, 2015, after entering a guilty plea, Ms. Lee received a sentence of 20 years.  A shock hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:00 am in Division 13. Cortney Hardin is the prosecutor.

Jurmaine Henderson- 15CR0936 (Murder, Failure to Stop and Render Aid/Assistance, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Three counts], Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Operator’s License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants- First offense [Aggravated Circumstances], Improper Turn, and Failure to Secure Child in Child Restraint Device [Two Counts])

  • Mr. Henderson (DOB 7/3/79) is charged in connection with the March 21, 2015, collision in the 3900 block of Seventh Street Road that resulted in the death of Mr. James Walker, III and risk of death or serious physical to three other people, including two children.  A hearing on various motions is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Division 10 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Brian Edmonds- 12CR0097 (Murder [Two Counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Edmonds (DOB 8/5/93) is facing a capital murder trial for the double homicide of Curtis Smith and Deshone Henry. The shootings occurred on December 10, 2011 near the 1500 block of Beech Street. Both victims were transported to U of L Hospital where both victims were pronounced deceased.  The trial, which began last week with individual jury selection, is expected to be on-going in Division 5 of the Jefferson County Circuit Court, through-out the week.  Frank Dahl and Josh Porter are the Prosecutors.

SENTENCINGS

Andre Banks- 14CR3053 (Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon on School Property, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor, and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon)

  • Previously, on March 20, 2015, Mr. Banks (DOB 12/16/97) entered a guilty plea to the above listed charges for bringing a handgun into Fern Creek High School on September 30, 2014, and shooting another student.  Judge McDonald-Burkman sentenced the defendant to eighteen years in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Mr. Banks will return to Division 9 on December 17, 2015, for his 18th birthday re-sentencing, when he presumably will ask for probation.  The Commonwealth will object to probation.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

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