6/11 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: June 11-June 15, 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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

On Friday June 1, 2016 Commonwealth’s Attorney, Thomas B. Wine, announced changes to his office infrastructure. Announcing the restructuring, Wine stated: “After 5 ½ years in office I have observed changes in the nature of crimes our office prosecutes and am striving to organize our staff in a manner to best deal with these changes.  With today’s reorganization I hope to more effectively and efficiently prosecute those who commit felony crimes in our community.”

In response to the increase in violent crime in Jefferson County, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has reassigned one of its most experienced prosecutors to the Violent Crimes Unit. This unit was recreated in this office five years ago in an effort to combat the increase in violent crime. What began as a unit of three prosecutors has now grown to a unit of six attorneys, all working tirelessly to prosecute Jefferson County’s most violent criminals.

Further the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has consolidated its three General Trial Divisions into two units. The units are led by and consist of attorneys with a passion for prosecution and who focus their talents on all crimes ranging from economic crimes and thefts to assaults, homicides and robberies.

The Special Victims Unit, formerly referred to as the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit, will continue to prosecute crimes against Jefferson County’s most vulnerable victims. With the addition of one of the area’s most experienced prosecutors, the Special Victims Unit will focus on the prosecution of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

Since their inception, both the Rocket Docket and the Heroin Rocket Docket have helped expedite thousands of criminal cases. Wine has combined the Rocket Docket and Heroin Rocket Docket into a single Rocket Docket Unit which will specialize in handling narcotics cases with a continued emphasis on quickly getting addicts, who are users and not traffickers, out of the criminal justice system and into treatment. Both Rocket Docket and Heroin Rocket Docket prosecutors will be located in the original Rocket Docket office located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice. The centrally located office will be more convenient for law enforcement and defense attorneys and provide better service to the citizens of Jefferson County.

Wine concluded: “While the structure changed, no prosecutors were laid off, only reassigned.  In a time of tight budgets, I must constantly make sure that my office best utilizes the limited resources provided it. It is my sincere belief that this reorganization does that.  What hasn’t changed, however, is the dedication of the office staff and me to playing our part in protecting our community from those persons who would do them harm.”

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Jaaron Wilson – 16CR1066 (Murder)

  • Mr. Wilson (DOB 06/10/94) was charged with the murder of Demarco Durham on March 19, 2015. Mr. Wilson shot Mr. Durham amidst a verbal argument between the two of them. A jury trial began on June 5, 2018 and on June 7, 2018 Mr. Wilson was found guilty of the Murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ebert Haegele and Josh Porter are the prosecutors.

HEARINGS

Salem Nagdy – 16CR3353 (Kidnapping, Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Stalking in the First Degree, Eavesdropping)

  • Mr. Nagdy (DOB 01/23/71) is charged with the Kidnapping and Attempted Murder of his ex-wife. Throughout the assault, the defendant restrained the victim and struck her in the head requiring 86 staples. Prior to the assault the defendant had stalked and recorded his former wife’s conversations. A hearing for pretrial motions is scheduled for June 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. A jury trial is scheduled to begin in that courtroom on June 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Treyshawn Jones – 15CR0822 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence)

  • Mr. Jones (DOB 07/04/92) is charged with the forcible rape, sodomy, and assault of the victim on January 14, 2015. A jury trial is ongoing in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli and Sheri Wornall are the prosecutors.

Cedric Wells & Roy Stone – 14CR0782 (Murder [Complicity], Assault in the First Degree [Complicity], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Complicity], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Wells].

  • Mr. Wells (DOB 08/05/83) and Mr. Stone (DOB 10/12/92) are charged with the March 16, 2014, shooting death of Ashley Thomas which occurred on Esquire Alley near Indi’s restaurant. Following an evening of birthday celebration on a party bus, friction arose and escalated among the revelers, culminating in a drive-by shooting that left one young woman dead and another injured.  A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Critt Cunningham and Emily Lantz are the prosecutors.

Allen Lehmann and Verna Lehmann – 16CR1394 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree [3 Counts – Allen], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [9 Counts- Allen], Facilitation to Rape in the First Degree, Facilitation to Sodomy in the First Degree [3 Counts – Verna], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [3 Counts, Verna])

  • Mr. Lehmann (DOB 06/08/38) is charged with raping, sodomizing, and sexually abusing three girls under the age of twelve.  Ms. Lehmann (DOB 04/15/38) is charged for her involvement in those crimes.  A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on June 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Dorislee Gilbert and Danielle Yannelli are the prosecutors.

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