Yearly Archives: 2018

12/13 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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Media Release: COMMONWEATH’S ATTORNEY TOM WINE ADDRESSES APRIL 15, 2018 LMDC INMATE ASSAULT

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

Media Release: December 9, 2018

“On April 15, 2018, an inmate of Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) was assaulted by an officer employed by LMDC. A body cam video clearly shows Officer David Schwartz punching Terry Whitehead who was handcuffed. Once apprised of the situation,  Director Mark Bolton terminated the employment of Schwartz and  Officer Devan Edwards who observed the assault but apparently did not make the appropriate report.

A decision was made, without consulting me or the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney, to present this matter to the FBI for investigation and potential federal charges to be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Kentucky. While I am not critical of that decision, it is important to understand that to date, the investigation of this behavior has not been provided to the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for either review or prosecution of violations of Kentucky criminal laws.

The first time I or my staff saw the video in question, was the broadcast on local television stations last week. I condemn the conduct of the LMDC officers involved and find it reprehensible.  If the investigation of this matter is presented to our office for evaluation of criminal charges, an expedited review will be completed and any violations of Kentucky criminal law will be aggressively prosecuted

The public should be aware that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has a labyrinth of procedural rules that slow the process of an investigation such as this one. DOJ rules limit public announcements by the US Attorney as well as the FBI. DOJ should allow some latitude for comment by local federal authorities. The citizens of Jefferson County deserve greater transparency.

It continues to be the goal of the Jefferson County Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky to cooperate to obtain the maximum punishment for those who violate our laws, including those charged with enforcing our laws.”

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12/6 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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12/3 Media Release

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

Media Release: December 3 – 7, 2018

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

Javontay Forrest – 18CR2649 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • On November 30, 2018, Mr. Forrest (DOB 01/08/02) pled guilty to the amended charge of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of a Handgun by a Minor.  Mr. Forrest admitted to his guilt in causing the death of Tavon Yelder on July 31, 2018.  Mr. Forrest, who is 16 years old, was reported to be irresponsibly handling a gun throughout the night. At the time of the incident, Mr. Yelder was seated in front of Mr. Forrest playing a video game. Mr. Forrest pointed the handgun at Mr. Yelder’s head and shot.   At the plea, Mr. Forrest informed the court that he was attempting to decock the gun when he shot Mr. Yelder.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Taylor Jeanine Gonsman – 18CR3502 (Assault in the Second Degree [4 counts], Knowing Abuse or Neglect of an Adult, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Ms. Gonsman (DOB 06/12/1997) is charged with assaulting the victim R.S. on multiple occasions between October 17, 2018 and November 17, 2018.  The victim is an adult with autism who, due to his mental condition, was unable to protect himself from the defendant’s abuse.  During the course of approximately one month, the defendant struck the victim with cords, shot him at close range with an airsoft rifle and handgun, burned him, cut him, strangled him, and unlawfully restrained him. The victim sustained multiple injuries as a result of the defendant’s actions. The defendant was arraigned in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court on November 28, 2018.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 15, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Quincy Blackmon – 18CR1278 (Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Blackmon (DOB 01/06/91) is charged with the strangulation of his former girlfriend. On August 10, 2017, just days before the victim was expected to give birth to the defendant’s child, the two got into a verbal argument that turned physical. The defendant strangled the victim multiple times and refused to allow her to leave his home. The victim, 9 months pregnant at the time, was able to get away from the defendant and leave his home after being confined there for hours. The Defendant pled guilty to these offenses on October 10, 2018 and final sentencing is scheduled for December 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Stephen Risner – 17cr2752 (Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, Theft of Identity, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Risner (DOB 03/26/79) is charged with several crimes which resulted from a crime spree which began on July 22, 2017. The defendant stole a vehicle, drove that vehicle to a residence located at 6306 Blevins Gap Rd where he broke into the dwelling and attempted to remove various items, including a rifle, when the residents returned and caught him in the act. The defendant then fled and attempted to car jack a Good Samaritan that was passing by. The defendant was ultimately overpowered by the Good Samaritan and held at gun point until police arrived. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and LC Bates are the prosecutors.

Deandre L. Williams– 17CR2335 (Murder)

  • Mr. Williams (DOB 05/20/97) is charged in connection with the August 2, 2017 shooting  death of Robert Leachman on Brashear Drive in the Park Hill neighborhood.  A trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jeff Cooke and Jennifer Bell are the prosecutors.

Cody Bates – 17CR1730 (Murder)

  • Mr. Bates (DOB 03/13/93) is charged with the Murder of the 3 month old son of his then-girlfriend. The child was in the custody of Mr. Bates at the time that he received fatal blunt-force injuries which resulted in his death. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday December 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.

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