7/27 Weekly Media Release

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Due to an outage with our internet service provider, the Weekly Media Release was delayed from it’s normal Friday delivery to Monday July 27th.

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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: July 27 – July 31, 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.

ARRAIGNMENT

Michael Amos Connard, 15CR1985  (Assault in the 2nd Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree while wearing body armor, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon while wearing body armor (2 counts), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree while wearing body armor, Impersonating a Peace Officer (2 counts))

Mr. Connard (4/7/88), is charged with assaulting victim Donta Johnson on June 22, 2015. The defendant allegedly approached Mr. Johnson, and identified himself as a federal agent. He then pulled out a handgun and accused Mr. Johnson of damaging his car. During the offense, the defendant was wearing a badge around his neck. He then shoved Mr. Johnson into a fence and then onto the ground. The defendant then held a handgun to Mr. Johnson’s side until eventually fleeing. As a result of the assault, Mr. Johnson sustained an injury to his left temple. The defendant then fled on foot. A short time later, while wearing body armor, approached Mr. Jonathan Shelton and struck Mr. Shelton in the head with a handgun. During the assault, the defendant displayed a badge, identifying himself as a federal agent. The defendant then pointed a handgun at Mr. Shelton. The defendant then holstered the handgun, and produced a second handgun from his left pocket which he used to strike Mr. Shelton in the head, causing a severe laceration. The defendant then fled on foot wearing body armor over his shirt along with a fake badge visible on a neck chain and a semi-auto pistol on his right hip in a holster. The Defendant was detained and during a pat down for additional weapons a second semiauto pistol was found in his left pocket as well as a lock blade knife in his right pocket. The Defendant also had two tactical flashlights on his persons.

Arraignment is set for Monday, July 27, 2015, at 9:00 a.m in Division Two of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Nick Mudd is the prosecutor.

Kasey Hoben, 15CR1945 (Criminal Possession of A Forged Instrument II (Eleven Counts))

Ms. Hoben (DOB 04-21-89) is charged with conduct which occurred in March, April and May of this year. Ms. Hoben is alleged to have gone door to door in local neighborhoods soliciting donations for Northside Christian Academy. Local residents, believing that Ms. Hoben was affiliated with the school, wrote donation checks to the school and gave them to Ms. Hoben.  Ms. Hoben had no affiliation with the school at all. Ms. Hoben forged the checks to include herself as the payee and to change the amounts of the checks to larger amounts. She then cashed these forged and altered checks at local banks.   Arraignment is scheduled to occur Monday, July 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in Division Ten of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ms. Stacy Greive is the prosecutor.

Scotty R. Johnson and Paul A. Sims 15CR1967 (Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500)

On May 12, 2015, Scotty R. Johnson (DOB 12/14/94) and Paul A. Sims (DOB 8/11/91) were charged with going to the victim’s home and taking two of her pet dogs.  The dogs and the electronic collars they were wearing were valued in excess of $1000.00.  Arraignment is scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Division Five of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alex Gaddis is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCE

Trice Alexander Whaley, 15CR1742 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, and Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

Mr. Whaley (DOB 7/9/93) is charged with robbing and killing Mr. Brandon Bryant on June 11, 2015.  Mr. Bryant’s body was found in an alley behind 3014 W. Chestnut Street.   A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, July 27, at 9:15 a.m. in Division Six of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Michael A. Thornton, 15CR1981 (Criminal Attempt Murder- Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree (4 counts), Assault in the Third Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property Over $500, Escape in the Second Degree, Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property over $500, Tampering with a Prisoner Monitoring Device, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

Mr. Thornton (DOB 05/10/84) is charged with the April 2, 2015, Attempted Murder of Officer John Hagan that occurred near 225 N. Clifton Avenue, following his escape from the Home Incarceration Program.  Arraignment occurred on Friday, July 24, in Division Eleven of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mr. Thornton remains in custody with a bond of $250,000. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Thursday, September 3, at 9:15 a.m. in Division Eleven of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn is the prosecutor.

Reginol Thomas, 15CR1567 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree [2 counts], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [2 counts], Criminal Mischief in the First Degree [2 counts], Illegal Possession of Synthetic Drugs, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants- First offense [Aggravated Circumstances], and Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

Mr. Thomas (DOB 02/22/80) is charged in connection with the February 22, 2015, collision on Dixie Highway at Abbotts Beach Road that resulted in the death of his passenger Cynthia Thomas and risk of death or serious physical to two other people. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, at 9:15 a.m. in Division Four of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn is the prosecutor.

Edward Raymond Baker, III and Danielle Elizabeth Boucher, 15CR1735 (Torture of a Dog with Serious Physical Injury or Death(Six Counts))

Mr. Baker (DOB 3/22/93) and Ms. Boucher (DOB 5/29/89) are charged in connection with the deaths of five dogs and the serious physical injury to another. A Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, at 9:15 a.m. in Division Six of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Ryan W. Becker is the prosecutor.

HEARING

Ricky Lewis Kelly, 14CR2146 (Murder)

Mr. Kelly (DOB 11/18/70) is charged with killing Mr. Lajuante Jackson in August of 2005. A hearing on Mr. Kelly’s motion to exclude the death penalty is scheduled for July 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Division Ten of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown and Nick Mudd are the prosecutors.

SENTENCING

Conrai A. Kaballah – 11CR2821  (Murder [2 Counts], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Tampering with Physical Evidence)

Mr. Kaballah (DOB 2/1/90) was convicted for the August 6, 2008, shooting deaths of Takeisha Huff and Marion Jones in the Sheppard Square housing complex. On March 18, 2015, the jury fixed the sentence for these crimes at life without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years. Formal sentencing is scheduled to occur on July 27, 2015, at 1:30 P.M. in Division One of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Messrs. Ryan Olberding and James Lesousky are the prosecutors.

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