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TOM WINE RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM STATE PROSECUTORS

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

Media Release: February 26, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY — Tom Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 30th Judicial Circuit (comprised of Jefferson County), was presented the Sword of Justice Award by the Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorney Association at the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Winter Meeting.  The award was presented by Rob Sanders, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 16th Judicial Circuit (comprised of Kenton County) and current president of the Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney’s Association.  The Sword of Justice Award is given in recognition of individual actions or achievements in the pursuit of justice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  In presenting the award Sanders stated that “Tom exemplifies the honor, integrity and dedication of a model prosecutor and he has worked to improve the criminal justice system for all participants, including criminal defendants.”  He concluded stating that “Tom is respected by Commonwealth’s Attorneys across Kentucky for his experience, sense of fairness and teamwork.  Tom’s many years of experience as a respected member of the bench are evident in the way he approaches his job as a felony prosecutor.  The Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorney Association wanted to recognize Tom’s outstanding work and thank him for his dedicated service.”

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office occupies a critical position in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must focus the power of the state on those who defy its laws. As legal representative for the people, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has the duty to seek justice for all. Visit www.louisvilleprosecutor.com for more information.

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Jeff Cooke
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
514 West Liberty Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Tel: 502-595-2340
Mobile:  502-262-5809
Email:  JCooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

2/26 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: February 29-March 4, 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)

Preston Starling– 15CR1741 (Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Assault IV)

  • Mr. Starling (DOB 2/04/94) pled guilty to the amended charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and Assault IV in connection with a March 21, 2015 home invasion. The defendant along with a co-defendant burst in the door of a Garland Avenue apartment. Co-defendant brandished a gun. They demanded money and property from the victim.  The victim went to the hospital for bites and minor injuries he received. Starling was sentenced in Division Three of the Jefferson Circuit Court on Friday, February 26, 2016 to Ten Years to Serve.  Critt Cunningham was the Prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Samuel Lee Barrett– 16CR0486 (Sexual Abuse I [Four Counts], Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or Other Prohibited Activities, and Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors)

  • Mr. Barrett (DOB 10/16/88) is charged with the above offenses as a result of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student while a teacher at Fern Creek High School that occurred in 2015. The Defendant is scheduled to be arraigned in Division Eight of the Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. The defendant’s bond is currently set at $10,000 which has been posted.  Nathan Ray Batey II and Alicia Gomez are the Prosecutors.

William Adam Crews, Michael Eugene Jenkins, Conrai Andre Kaballah, Tymarius Rashaun Malone, Tyjuan Romel Moody, John Robinson III, Jody Allen Smith, Richardo Delquan Taylor, James Marvin Westin III, Dashawn Lamont Wright – 16CR0480 (Criminal Attempt Murder [All], Assault in the First Degree [All], Sodomy in the First Degree [All], and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree [Crews, Jenkins, Kaballah, Moody, Smith, and Taylor.]

  • Defendant William Crews (DOB 6/2/1980), Michael Eugene Jenkins (DOB 5/2/1985), Conrai Andre Kaballah, Jr (DOB 2/1/1990), Tymarius Rashaun Malone (DOB 5/26/1994), Tyjuan Romel Moody (DOB 5/29/1989),  John Robinson III (DOB 3/29/1995), Jody Allen Smith (DOB 5/31/1992), Ricardo Delquan Taylor (11/18/1987), Dashawn Lamont Wright (DOB 10/23/1991) are charged with the November 13, 2014 assault of Cedric Weaver who was an inmate at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections at the time of the assault.  Arraignment is scheduled for March 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Division One of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Jasmine Wade– 16CR0127 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Abuse of a Corpse)

  • Ms. Wade (DOB 01/04/00) on July 22, 2015, gave a live birth to a baby girl. The Defendant smothered the victim shortly after her birth causing her death. The Defendant removed the corpse from the crime scene and hid the corpse in her purse. On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 the Defendant was arraigned in Division Eleven of the Jefferson Circuit Court. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9:15 A.M. in Division Eleven. The Defendant’s bond is currently set at $50,000. Nathan Ray Batey II and Shelly Alvey are the Prosecutors.

Corey Quantez Chapman- 16CR0219 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Persistent Felony Offender First Degree)

  • Mr. Chapman (DOB 1/13/82), is charged with one count of Murder.  Mr. Chapman is accused of shooting Leontynae Grant, who later died of her injuries. Mr. Chapman is a convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing a handgun.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for February 29th at 9:30 am in Div. 10.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

Vernie Henderson Taylor- 15CR1191 (Robbery in the First Degree [Eight Counts])

  • Mr. Taylor (DOB 4/20/64) is committing eight business robberies between March 16 and April 22, 2015.  These include three Dollar Generals, two Family Dollars, a 24-7 Convenient Plus, a Subway, and a Cricket Wireless.  The co-defendant, Susan Atwell, has already entered a plea and agreed to testify.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:45 in Division 3.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Roy Thompson- 15CR0288 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree [Three Counts], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Three counts], Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle on Revoked/Suspended Operator’s License, No Motor Vehicle Insurance, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants- Second offense, and Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Thompson (DOB 5/4/87) is charged in connection with the January 18, 2015, collision on Dixie Highway that resulted in the death of Ms. Shelley Hurt and physical injuries to three other victims. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at 10:0 a.m. in Division Eleven of the Jefferson Circuit Court, at which time it is expected that the defendant will enter into a guilty plea. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Charles Ballard- 15CR3283 (Murder, Failure to Stop and Render Aid/Assistance, No Motor Vehicle Insurance, Failure to Be in Possession of Operator’s License and/or Show Operator’s License, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants- Second offense)

  • Mr. Ballard (DOB 2/16/89) is charged in connection with the December 6, 2015, death of Cory Starrett, a pedestrian, on Griffiths Ave. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Friday, March 4, at 9:00 a.m. in Division One of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

 

HEARINGS

Jarrod Weiss – 14CR2387 (Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Weiss (DOB 01/10/82) was convicted on January 14, 2016, by a jury of his peers of Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence for the shooting death of Tanner Browning at the Creekside Apartments in St. Matthews on April 27, 2011. The jury recommended a sentence of 30 years in prison. Formal sentencing is scheduled on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Nick Mudd and Jeff Cooke are the prosecutors.

 

TRIALS

Jerard Garrett & Billy Richardson- 13CR0744 (Murder [Both], Robbery I [Both])

  • Mr. Garrett (9/24/81) and Mr. Richardson (DOB 9/13/89) are charged with the December 23, 2012, shooting death of Kenneth Forbes, Jr., in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Beverage World located at 4048 Dixie Highway. Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 29 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 2. Note: this case was previously consolidated with case 13CR0246, and the cases will be tried together. Nick Mudd and Jim Lesousky are the prosecutors.

Jerard Garrett & Billy Richardson- 13CR0246 (Murder [Both], Robbery I [Both]; Wanton Endangerment I [Garrett Only], Persistent Felony Offender I [Garrett Only])

  • Mr. Garrett (9/24/81) and Mr. Richardson (DOB 9/13/89) are charged with the murder and robbery of Jaime Young on December 29, 2012. Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 29 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 2. Note: this case was previously consolidated with case 13CR0744, and the cases will be tried together.  Nick Mudd and Jim Lesousky are the prosecutors.

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 trial is scheduled for Monday, February 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 10 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mrs. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

William Truss- 12CR1417 (Murder [Two Counts])

  • Mr. Truss (DOB 6/14/68) is being tried in connection with an April 29, 2012 shooting. The initial responding officer located a silver 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis; which is registered to the defendant, running, with the head lights.  As the officer drove near the vehicle, he noticed a bullet hole in the rear window. The officer checked and found that two victims (one in the driver’s seat and one in the rear passenger side seat) had been shot. A was handgun laying in the front passenger’s seat near the armrest. Both victims were deceased.  A Capital Murder Trial is scheduled to begin Friday, March 4 in Division 9 of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Frank Dahl and Ebert Haegele are the prosecutors.

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2/25 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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2/20 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: February 22-February 26, 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)

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

  • On February 18, 2016, Mr. Baker (DOB 3/22/93) pled guilty to two counts of Torture of a Dog with Serious Physical Injury or Death. Mr. Baker took five years and the Commonwealth is objecting to probation. Ms. Boucher (DOB 5/29/89) pled guilty on the same date to Cruelty to Animals in the Second Degree and was sentenced to 180 days probated for one year. Sentencing for Mr. Baker is scheduled for April 18 at 9:30 in Division Six of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Ryan W. Becker was the prosecutor.

Jordan Reese -15CR1345 (Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Revoked Operator’s License, Operation of A Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants- Second Offense)

  • MR. Reece (DOB 12/01/86) on March 1st 2015, the defendant drove his motor vehicle while intoxicated and drove through a red light at 18th and Muhammad Ali Blvd crashing into the victim’s car. There were two victims in the victim’s car and both sustained injuries. The passenger of the car sustained serious physical injuries and had to be mechanically removed from the car. The defendant fled the scene in his car but was later apprehended by LMPD officers on Osage Ave. When confronted by officers, the defendant had a strong odor of alcohol, and the defendant refused to cooperate with officers when conducting the FSTs. At the time of the crash, the defendant was operating his car on a suspended license. Defendant pled guilty to all counts and received a sentence of ten years to serve.  This sentence will run consecutive with defendant’s prior probated sentence of five years.  He was sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 8 on February 14, 2016 at 2:00pm.  Justin Janes was the Prosecutor.

Jack Stahl -15CR1081 (Burglary in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest)

  • Mr. Stahl (DOB 3/03/88) pled guilty to entering a house on March 1, 2015 and pointing a weapon into the chest of the homeowner demanding money, drugs, and property. He was disarmed and subdued by homeowners until police arrived. On February 16, 2016 in Division 7 he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.  Ryan W. Becker was the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENT

George Slaughter – 16CR0409 (Murder [Three Counts], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Slaughter (DOB 10/16/89) on February 13, 2016 shot three victims, killing all three. The firearm used in the victim’s murder was taken from the scene by the defendant. The arraignment is scheduled for February 22 at 9:30 am in Division Three of the Jefferson Circuit Court. The defendant’s bond is currently set at $1,000,000. Erin McKinzie is the Prosecutor.

Arthur Garrett– 16CR0393 (Rape in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Garrett (DOB 11/10/66) on Friday, February 5, 2016 was seen by several nurses naked and on top of the victim having sexual intercourse with her. The victim is a patient at Jewish Hospital. The patient has been diagnosed with Respiratory Failure and an Auto immune Disease. The patient is unable to move her arms or legs and is on a breathing tube.  The victim is incoherent and is physically helpless due to her condition and is unable to consent to sexual intercourse.  The arraignment is scheduled for February 22, 2016 at 9:30 am in Division Three of the Jefferson Circuit Court. The defendant’s bond is currently set at $100,000.  Chris Foster is the Prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Charles A. Washington and Jevon Harris-Curry, 13CR2250 (Complicity to Murder, Robbery First Degree, Burglary First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Washington (DOB 3/2/93) and Mr. Harris-Curry (DOB 4/18/92) are charged for the August 12, 2013, home invasion and murder of Mr. P.J. Barber. Further, the pair were assisted in their crimes by Messrs. Shakaheen O. Boyd and Timothy Cross. Messrs. Boyd and Cross have previously pled guilty for their involvement in these crimes. A hearing on pre-trial motions is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 4 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Aggravators have been filed and the Commonwealth is seeking the death penalty. Nick Mudd is the prosecutor.

SENTENCING

Chauncey Sellers – 14CR3357 (Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Sellers (DOB 10/29/79) was driving one of two vehicles racing on 22nd St south of Broadway. Officers attempted to stop his car and as they approached it drove off.  Officers conducted stop and deft exited vehicle on passenger side taking bladed stance.  Deft refused to show his hands cussing officers and keeping his hands behind him.  Officer ordered deft to the ground and deft removed his jacket.  The officer deployed a taser.  Mr. Sellers then pitched a plastic bag containing white powder residue onto the ground.   Sellers clawed the officer’s face ripping his lip downward causing a tear inside his lip.  Officer suffered cuts and bruising with bleeding to his face and mouth.  The defendant was found guilty at jury trial of the above listed offenses. Penalty was resolved by agreement at seven years.  Sentencing is scheduled for Jefferson County Circuit Court Division Three on April 15 at 8:30 am.  Alex Gaddis and Stephanie Hunter are the Prosecutors.

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2/18 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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