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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: April 25-April 29, 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.

FEATURED PROSECUTOR – ALICIA GOMEZ

  • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Alicia Gomez was successful, again this week, getting justice for an underage victim by Jury Trial. Gomez served for two and one-half years as a Law Clerk in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and she served in an internship with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. She is a 2011 graduate of the LBA Leadership Academy.  Ms. Gomez currently fights for justice as the Deputy Division Chief of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Julius Darnell Thomas – 13CR3085

The defendant (DOB 9/17/69) was found guilty by a Jury Trial of: Incest, Rape in the Third Degree, and Sodomy in the Third Degree.   The defendant will be sentenced to a term of Twenty Years.

  • The victim disclosed in her forensic that the defendant, who is her step-dad, has been having sex with her since she was 14 years old. She said the last incident was the night before the report. The police responded to the house and received consent to search the house and do a blue light. Her room contained various spots of genetic evidence.  Alicia Gomez and Courtney Straw were the prosecutors.

Marquice Hamilton & Brian Hutchings – 16CR0930 (Murder [Two Counts], Robbery in the First Degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree While in Possession of a Firearm, Heroin over 2 Grams, Tampering with Physical Evidence [All])

  • Hamilton (DOB 6/15/97) and Hutchings (DOB 5/21/1997) were arraigned on the above charges Monday, April 18th in Jefferson Circuit Court. The charges stem from the shooting deaths of two men in a car on March 31, 2016 at 2001 Appleton Lane in Shively.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 23 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 3.   Alex Gaddis is the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Kyree Yancey- 16CR1049 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • Mr. Yancey (DOB 1/30/99) on July 29, 2015 shot the victim, Garfield S. Webb, Jr., multiple times at the 700 Block of Camp Street.  The defendant then robbed Mr. Webb before fleeing.  Mr. Webb died as a result of his injuries. The defendant was 16 years old at the time of the incident.  He was apprehended by law enforcement in Amarillo, TX on February 10, 2016.  An arraignment is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Cecil is the prosecutor.

Aron Ballard and Anthony Foster – 16CR1051 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Six Counts])

  • Mr. Ballard (DOB 12/18/93) and Mr. Foster (DOB 9/30/90) are charged in complicity in relation to a shooting that occurred on April 2, 2016 at 2129 Bolling Avenue. The defendants fired multiple shots at the victims, Lottie Eicher and Rodriq Buchannon, in an attempt to kill these individuals.  As a result of the defendants’ actions, Rodriq Buchannon was shot multiple times and suffered serious physical injury.  Lottie Eicher was also shot and died as a result of her injuries.  2129 Bolling Avenue was occupied by six persons, who were all on the first floor of the house when the defendants were shooting.  An arraignment is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Cecil is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

 Jessie Smith – 14CR2942 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Defendant Smith (DOB 04/03/87) is charged in connection with the shooting death of Terron Johnson which occurred on October 28, 2014.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 28th at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2.   Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

Cornelius Miller – 15CR2387 (Rape in the First Degree [Two Counts], Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Miller (DOB 4/8/59) has been indicted for two sexual assaults that occurred on August 21, 2015 at Louisville Memorial Gardens Cemetery and on September 1, 2015 at Bethany Lane Cemetery.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 5.   Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Larry Felton, Andrel Page, and James Watts – 16CR0703   (Robbery in the First Degree [All], Assault in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Felton (DOB 11/4/92), Mr. Page (DOB 9/20/94), and Mr. Watts (DOB 11/4/75) are charged in connection with the February 7, 2016, robbery and shooting of Zachary Blakley over a lottery ticket after Mr. Blakley exited the Marathon at 3400 Taylor Boulevard. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for April 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Dante Beausejour, Khalid Raheem, Keiondre Smith – 14CR0776 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree [Four Counts), Criminal Mischief 1st Degree (Two Counts), and Possession of Marijuana with A Firearm)

  • Defendant Beausejour (DOB 8/28/94), Defendant Raheem (DOB 7/15/96), and Defendant Smith (DOB 12/28/96) are charged in connection to the November 6th 2015 shooting of Maurcie Odell Gilmore at 643 S. 39th At the time of the shooting Mr. Gilmore was on his front porch while his girlfriend and her children were inside the residence. The Defendants are alleged to have fired shots not only at the victim but also into the residence where the children and girlfriend were located. Bullet holes from the shooting were found in the walls in the children’s bedroom.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday April 27th at 10:00 a.m. in Division One. Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Lavarr Melton and Robert Short-14CR2288 & 14CR2449 (Robbery in the First Degree [Nine Counts], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon (Melton only), Receiving Stolen Property (Melton only) Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Defendants Melton (DOB 3/4/87) and Short (8/1/79) are charged in connections with nine convenience store robberies which occurred from July 10, 2014 through August 26, 2014 at various locations in Jefferson County. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Wednesday April 27th at 10:30 a.m. in Division Four. Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

Robert A. Taylor-  15CR2649 (TICS in the 1st Degree While in Possession of a Firearm [Three Counts], TICS in the Second Degree While in Possession of A Firearm, TICS in the Third 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, suboxone strips, and prescription pills.  Also, in Defendant Taylor’s possession was a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.  A suppression hearing is scheduled for April 29th at 9:00 in Division 9 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

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