From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Media Release: May 4, 2016.
Lloyd W. Hammond was arraigned today in Jefferson Circuit Court on charges relating the June 3, 2006 murders of William Sawyers and Terrell Cherry. Hammond was indicted yesterday by a Jefferson County grand jury on two counts of Murder, Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree and Retaliating Against a Witness in the Legal Process.
The path to reindicting Hammond was cleared on April 27, 2016 when the Kentucky Supreme Court denied a motion for discretionary review filed by attorneys for Hammond. In that motion they sought to prevent introduction at his trial for the 2006 murders of William Sawyers, Terrell Cherry and Kerry Williams of out-of-court statements of Troya Sheckles, a prosecution witness in the case murdered at the direction of Hammond prior to the trial. When the trial court earlier ruled that the Sheckles’ statements were not admissible at Hammond’s trial, the prosecution dismissed the case without prejudice and appealed the evidentiary ruling. In November 2014 the Kentucky Court of Appeals stated that the trial court erred in denying introduction of the statements saying that “there was substantial evidence warranting admission of Scheckles’s statements under the forfeiture by wrongdoing exception.” Following entry of the Court of Appeals decision, Hammond’s attorneys had requested that the Kentucky Supreme Court review the ruling.
By denying Hammond’s motion for discretionary review, the decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals stands as the final ruling on the matter.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated:
“The decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court cleared the way for my office to seek a new indictment against Lloyd Hammond for the murders of these victims and we again seek justice for the victims, their families and our community.”
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