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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: November 14-November 18, 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.

HEARINGS

Patrick Burage, Stephon Craig, Wallace Louis, Jr., Wallecia Louis, Brandon Rauh, Robin Toole, and Mario Vricic – 14CR2416 (Robbery in the First Degree [Multiple Counts])

  • Messrs. Burage (DOB 09/03/92), Craig (DOB 08/15/86), Louis (DOB 11/19/87), Rauh (DOB 09/26/92), Vricic (DOB 09/30/93), Ms. Louis (DOB 04/14/89), and Ms. Toole (DOB 03/18/86), are charged in connection with multiple robberies of Radio Shack and Verizon Wireless stores between June 13, 2014, and September 5, 2014. A suppression hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. in Division 1 of the Jefferson Circuit Court. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

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

  • Mr. Pope (DOB 05/12/98) is charged with the July 4, 2015, shooting death of Mr. Tyron Jones in the 400 block of South 12th Street. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

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 pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Brice Jamar Rhodes – 16CR1891 (Murder [Three Counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse [Two Counts], Receiving Stolen Property)

  • Mr. Rhodes (DOB 09/8/90) is charged with the May 4, 2016, murder of Christopher Jones on the 800 block of 41st Street, and the May 22, 2016, murder of two children, sixteen-year-old Maurice Gordon and fourteen-year-old Larry Ordway, at 763 N. Hite Avenue.  He is also charged with attempting to dispose of evidence related to this case and of attempting to burn the bodies of the victims, which were discovered in the rear of 4028 River Park Drive.  Anjuan Carter and Jacorey Taylor have also been indicted in connection with this case, and the Commonwealth has filed a motion to consolidate their cases with Mr. Rhodes’ case.  A pretrial conference is scheduled to occur November 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Kenneth Dwayne Willis – 16CR1934 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree [Heroin])

  • Mr. Willis (DOB 09/10/64) is charged with the July 12, 2016, shooting death of Ashley Spriggs at 2323 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

BJ Starlight- 16CR0298, 16CR1358, and 16CR0035 (Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 [Three Counts], Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Illegal Use or Possession of a Radio that Send/Receives Police Messages, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree, and Escape in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Starlight (DOB 02/28/51) is charged with stealing or possessing stolen vehicles taken from car dealerships between March 4, 2015, and April 8, 2015. Mr. Starlight has a lengthy criminal history including shooting a Kentucky State Police Officer in 1977 and leading police on a four county police chase in 2012. He is also charged with escaping custody on January 19, 2016, when he failed to return to CCC from a release and was located 8 days later in Madison County, Kentucky.  A pretrial conference regarding his charge of Escape in the Second Degree is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 9:15 in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  A pretrial conference for all other charges is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 9:15 in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Isaiah Hayes- 16CR2529 (Burglary in the First Degree and Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Three Counts])

  • Mr. Hayes (DOB 11/19/93) is charged with a July 21, 2016, burglary of a home. When the homeowner saw the defendant in her home he fled and pointed a gun and shot at witnesses in the neighborhood.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:30 in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Derek Roark – 15CR2875 (Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Roark (DOB 10/15/76) is charged with placing the body of Jeffrey Kingdon (DOB 11/30/59) in a box he built for that purpose, and then dumping the box containing Mr. Kingdon’s body in an uninhabited wooded area near South Park Road, sometime between October 10 and October 13, 2015.  A trial is tentatively scheduled for November 15 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Joshua Inman and Jeffrey Stine – 15CR1356 (Assault in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Inman (DOB 07/15/92) and Mr. Stine (DOB 07/24/91) are charged with the March 10, 2015, stabbing following an altercation with the victim near 3822 Parthenia Ave. A Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Nathan Doss – 14CR2604 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree [Three Counts], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Three Counts], Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Doss (DOB 09/25/81) has been indicted for causing a collision at the intersection of Lower Hunters Trace and Greenbelt Highway on September 28, 2014, that resulted in the deaths of Gary Miller, Heather Smith and Stevie Smith, and created a danger of death or serious physical injury to other drivers.  A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

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