Monthly Archives: October 2016

10/31 Weekly Media Release

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Media Releases page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/media-releases for more details and archives.

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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: October 31-November 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

Phillip Dale Anderson – 14CR2163, 14CR3253, 14CR3327 (Sodomy in the Second Degree, Criminal Attempt Sodomy in the First Degree [Two Counts], Sodomy in the Third Degree [Four Counts], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [Two Counts])

  • Mr. Anderson (DOB 07/29/1958) was found guilty by a jury on case 14CR2163 on September 8, 2016 of Sodomy in the Second Degree, Criminal Attempt Sodomy in the First Degree [Two Counts] and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [Two Counts]. On September 9, 2016, the jury recommended a sentence of ten years. On October 26, 2016, Mr. Anderson was formally sentenced by the Court to ten years as recommended by the jury. Moreover, Mr. Anderson entered guilty pleas on two other cases, 14CR3253 and 14CR3327. These cases contained four counts of Sodomy in the Third Degree. The defendant received a sentence of five years on each count of Sodomy in the Third Degree. All of the charges and cases are to run concurrently for a total of ten years by final disposition in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Steffon Musheer Dixon – 16CR2893 (Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Dixon (DOB 01/11/97) is charged with the robbery of a convenience store located at 9109 US Highway 42. The defendant and a juvenile co-defendant entered the store while masked and armed with a handgun, took business cash and merchandise, and fled the scene.  The robbery was captured on store video surveillance. Mr. Dixon’s girlfriend and an acquaintance identified him as one of the suspects and admitted to being present at other robberies committed by the defendants that did not occur in Louisville. The defendant will be arraigned on October 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

Joshua C. Lawrence – 16CR2897 (Assault in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Lawrence (DOB 12/20/87) is charged in connection with a shooting that occurred on September 13, 2016. Officers responded to a shooting at Home Depot located at 6840 Dixie Highway, where the victim had been shot in the chest.  The defendant was identified by the victim as the shooter. Mr. Lawrence will be arraigned on October 31. 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Mark Baker is the prosecutor.

John Norwood Johnson – 16CR2849 (Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Johnson (DOB 03/18/70) is charged with Robbery in connection with an assault that occurred near the intersection of Liberty and Floyd Streets on September 15, 2016. Officers found the victim laying on the ground with sustained facial injuries. The victim informed officers that the defendant punched him in the face and kicked him in the face multiple times before taking the touch screen phone that the victim was using at the time of the assault. The incident stemmed from another assault that the victim had previously reported to police.  The victim made a positive identification and the stolen phone was found within one foot of the defendant.  The defendant will be arraigned on October 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Yancey is the prosecutor.

Hugh T. Bell, III – 16CR2855 (Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Abuse in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process [Two Counts], Receiving Stolen Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Bell (DOB 06/20/95) has been indicted for his role in the shooting of a four-year-old girl in the Park Hill neighborhood on August 11, 2016, and the subsequent intimidation of a witness to the event.  Mr. Bell’s bond has been set at $25,000, and a warrant for his arrest remains outstanding.  His arraignment is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on October 31, 2016 in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alex Gaddis is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Rishelle Atwood, Keynisha Butler, Antrell Malone, Frederick Malone and Whitney McLain- 16CR2586 (Criminal Syndication: Engaging In Organized Crime, Possession of a Handgun By a Convicted Felon [Butler only], Fraudulent Use Credit Card over $500 But Less Than $10,000 [Twenty Counts], Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 But less Than $10,000 [two counts], Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500 [Twenty-Two Counts], Fraudulent Use Credit Card under $500 [Two Counts], Criminal Attempt Fraudulent Use Credit Card over $500 But less than $10,000 [One Count], Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree [Butler] and Persistent Felony Offender In the First Degree [Antrell Malone and Fred Malone])

  • Ms. Atwood (DOB 6/01/78), Ms. Butler (DOB 10/08/80), Mr. Antrell Malone (DOB 08/31/78), Mr. Frederick Malone (DOB 05/05/67) and Ms. McLain (DOB 09/09/92) are charged in Jefferson County, Kentucky, with offenses related to an ongoing scheme to commit thefts of wallets from the purses of female shoppers in local retail stores between the dates of December 10, 2015 and August 15, 2016 . The plan and execution of these wallet thefts involved a member of the syndicate distracting female victims, many of whom were elderly, while another member of the syndicate stole the wallet. Immediately after committing the thefts, a member or members of the syndicate used the victims’ credit cards from the stolen wallets at local businesses to make fraudulent purchases.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for Rishelle Atwood, Keynisha Butler and Antrell Malone on November 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Arrest warrants are outstanding for Frederick Malone and Whitney McLain. Stacy Greive is the prosecutor.

Joshua Lewis Young– 16CR1338 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Young (DOB 02/08/1995) is charged in connection with the May 16, 2016, shooting death of his landlord, Shane McCain, at 2326 Griffiths Avenue.  A pre-trial conference/bond hearing is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Division Thirteen of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Joshua Waldrop are the prosecutors.

HEARINGS

Brandon Kraatz – 16CR2809   (Murder)

  • Mr. Kraatz (DOB 10/03/96) is charged with the October 10, 2016 murder of David G. House at Deal Master Food Mart, located at 6115 Blevins Gap Road. The defendant was arrested three days later and admitted to shooting Mr. House.  The incident was captured on surveillance video. The defendant was arraigned on October 24, 2016 and a bond hearing is scheduled for November 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Cecil and Milja Zgonjanin are the prosecutors.

Andrew Z. McAllister, Austin S. Priddy, and Carmon A. Tussey – 15CR2042 (Complicity to Murder (All), Complicity to Robbery in the First Degree (All), Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree (Priddy only), Tampering With Physical Evidence (Priddy and Tussey))

  • Mr. McAllister (DOB 04/27/95), Mr. Priddy (DOB 11/07/95) and Mr. Tussey (DOB 02/08/96) are charged in connection with the July 16, 2015 killing of Mr. Miguel Macias at the Mall Gate Apartments in St. Matthews.   A hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in Division One of Jefferson Circuit Court.   Stacy Greive and Shelly Alvey are the assigned prosecutors.

TRIALS

Andre Lenear Collins – 14CR3018 (Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, Terroristic Threatening in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Collins (DOB 12/18/58) is charged in connection with a domestic dispute which occurred on September 20, 2014. The defendant fought with his girlfriend, beating her head with his fists causing bruises to her head and neck.  The defendant strangled the victim three times, causing her to lose consciousness and urinate on herself. He then placed a loaded handgun to her head and told her to “prepare to meet [her] maker.” The Defendant is a convicted felon.  The trial is scheduled to begin on November 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

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10/17 Weekly Media Release

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Media Releases page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/media-releases for more details and archives.

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

Weekly Media Release: October 17-October 28, 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.

ARRAIGNMENTS

William E. McGaughy III – 16CR2743 (Murder; Assault in the First Degree; Criminal Mischief in the First Degree; Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants [Second Offense])

  • Mr. McGaughy (DOB 05/27/1956) is charged with the Murder of Ms. Regetta Board. Ms. Board was the passenger in a car driven by Mr. McGaughy on September 7, 2016. At approximately 5:05 a.m., Mr. McGaughy failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of South 27th Street and West Chestnut Street. The car driven by Mr. McGaughy collided with another car, leading to the hospital transfer of that driver, Mr. McGaughy, and Ms. Board before succumbing to her injuries.  Results of a blood test indicate Mr. McGaughy’s blood alcohol content to be 0.217.  Mr. McGaughy is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges on October 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Nathan Batey is the prosecutor.

Michael S. Gaffney – 16CR2766 (Sodomy in the First Degree; Incest; Sexual Abuse in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Gaffney (DOB 06/07/1992) is charged with Sodomizing his four year old nephew. In a forensic interview conducted at Family and Children’s Place, the child disclosed that Mr. Gaffney told him to “relax and stuck his wiener in my butt.” In an interview conducted the next day, Mr. Gaffney admitted that he had sexual contact with the victim, including forcing the victim to masturbate him. Mr. Gaffney is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges on October 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.

Mr. Ottis Lee Hart Jr. – 16CR2744 (Robbery in the First Degree; Escape in the Second Degree; Tampering with Prisoner Monitoring Device)

  • Mr. Hart (DOB 11/11/1969) is charged with Robbery resulting from a home invasion. The victim states that Mr. Hart kicked in the door to her apartment and grabbed her by her hair, demanding cash stating, “Give me money or I will kill you.” The defendant then took the victim’s cell phone and fled the apartment where his co-defendant, Ms. Cynthia L. Neal (DOB 12/10/1985), waited in a vehicle.  At the time of the incident, Mr. Hart was serving a sentence from another crime on the Home Incarceration Program. Mr. Hart will be arraigned on these charges on October 17, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Andrew Beckman is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Michael Eddie Doertch JR. – 16CR2172 (Murder; Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Doertch (DOB 05/27/1983) is charged with the August 5, 2016, Murder of Eddie Garland. Mr. Doertch, admitted to striking the victim with a metal pole and then dragging the victim’s body outside of the house they were sharing. Eight days prior to the murder, Mr. Doertch had been released on his own recognizance after an arrest on July 26, 2016, for Assault in the Second Degree and Alcohol Intoxication. A pretrial conference is scheduled for October 24, 2016, at 8:30a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Joshua F. Waldrop is the prosecutor.

James M. Spaulding – 16CR0358 (Murder; Criminal Attempt Murder; Robbery in the First Degree; Burglary In the First Degree; Criminal Attempt Burglary In the First Degree; Wanton Endangerment In the First Degree [Four Counts]; Tampering With Physical Evidence; Fleeing or Evading Police In the First Degree; Assault In the Third Degree; Criminal Mischief in the First Degree).

  • Mr. Spaulding (DOB 06/16/1983) is charged in relation to the shooting death of store employee Denny Davis at the Stop-n-Go Liquor and Convenience Store located at 427 Warnock Street on February 4, 2016.  After shooting Mr. Davis and shooting at another employee in the store, Mr. Spaulding fled the store and attempted to unlawfully enter nearby residences. When he could not get into the residences, he fired the gun into one of the residences and endangered the lives of several people inside. He was eventually arrested in the middle of Interstate 65 South after he led law enforcement on a chase after fleeing the Warnock Street area.  Mr. Spaulding is scheduled to be in court for a pretrial conference on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Stacy Greive and Alex Gaddis are the prosecutors.

HEARINGS

Destiny Rhodes- 16CR2580 (Robbery in the First Degree [Three counts]; Kidnapping [Three counts]; Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card under $500)

  • Ms. Rhodes (DOB 06/05/1996) is charged in connection with the robbery and kidnapping of three women at 4th Street Live on June 17, 2016.   A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 24 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Tyson Gholson- 16CR0536 (Criminal Attempt Murder; Assault in the First Degree; Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Gholson (DOB 05/11/1990) is charged in connection with the October 9, 2015 shooting of Desmen Sanders in the 900 block of Franklin Street.   A suppression hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Kenneth Leon Pope – 15CR1906 (Murder; Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon; Tampering with Physical Evidence; Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Pope (DOB 05/12/1998) is charged with the July 4, 2015, shooting death of Mr. Tyron Jones in the 400 block of South 12th Street. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Korey Gilbert and Lindsey Brown – 15CR1972 (Assault in the First Degree; Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Two Counts])

  • Mr. Gilbert (DOB 7/26/94) and Ms. Brown (7/21/90) are charged in complicity in relation to a shooting that happened at 4:25 a.m. on July 20, 2015, at 843 South 26th Street.  Ms. Ronnie Amacher, the target of the shooting, was severely injured, and two other occupants of the porch were endangered.  A trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 25, in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Michael A. Thornton – 15CR2660 (Burglary in the Second Degree [Two Counts]; Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Two Counts]; Assault in the Third Degree; Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500 [Two Counts]; Receiving Stolen Property Over $500 [Three Counts]; Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree [Three Counts]; Obscuring the Identity of a Machine Over $500, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree; Escape in the Second Degree; Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree- Heroin; Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Thornton (DOB 09/04/1998) is charged with multiple offenses that occurred between December 15, 2014 and January 24, 2015. When officers found the defendant he was driving a stolen vehicle, fled from police, fought with officers, and had in his possession stolen property. A Trial is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court, however there has been a motion filed by defense counsel to continue this date. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Damen Lee, Jr. – 15CR1529 (Robbery in the First Degree; Burglary in the First Degree; Kidnapping in the First Degree; Sodomy in the First Degree; Receiving a Stolen Firearm; Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • Mr. Lee (DOB 12/31/1998), and two co-defendants robbed a 77-year-old man on April 13, 2015, forcing him through his house at gunpoint while they stole items, and then forcing him into the trunk of his own vehicle.  They then stole another of the victim’s vehicles and fled in it.  Police found that vehicle abandoned where it had collided with a utility pole, checked the registration, and responded to the victim’s residence where they rescued him from his trunk.  Mr. Lee and two different co-defendants robbed a woman at gunpoint in her home the following day, and Mr. Lee is charged with sodomy in relation to that incident.  They also robbed two painters after they left the woman’s residence.  When Mr. Lee was arrested two days later, police recovered from his possession a gun stolen from the first crime scene.  All other co-defendants have been sentenced.  Mr. Lee’s sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

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