Monthly Archives: January 2019

1/31 Weekly & Month End Circuit Court Reports

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1/29 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: January 28 – February 1, 2019

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

Alfred Kesseh – 19CR0237 (Rape in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree [3 counts], Burglary in the First Degree [3 counts], Burglary in the Second Degree [6 counts], and Theft by Unlawful Taking [7 counts])

  • Mr. Kesseh (DOB 09/06/97) was indicted for Rape in the First Degree, and multiple counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking for incidents that occurred in December of 2018 and January of 2019 in apartment buildings around the University of Louisville campus.  He was arraigned on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Upon indictment, the defendant’s bond was set by the Grand Jury at $500,000. The defendant’s bond will be reviewed by the presiding judge at a bond hearing scheduled for February 1, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. A first pretrial conference is scheduled for March 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in that same division.  Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Amanda Nicole Needy – 18CR3594 (Murder [Complicity])

  • Ms. Needy (DOB 06/04/1990) is charged in connection with the February 17, 2017, murder of Nicholas Morris at 1201 Payne Street outside Ciao Ristorante. She was arraigned on the above charge on December 17, 2019. Her bond is currently set at $75,000. A first pretrial conference is scheduled for January 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

Timothy Shane Singer – 17CR0581 (Murder [Complicity], Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Singer (DOB 03/01/94) is charged with the February 17, 2017 murder of Nicholas Morris outside Ciao Ristorante located at 1201 Payne Street. Mr. Singer was the first of two individuals charged in connection to the murder. A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Robert Lester – 17CR3354 (Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the first Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Lester (DOB 11/08/00) entered a guilty plea on October 30, 2018 to Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree.  These offenses occurred on March 7, 2017, when the Defendant was a resident at Boys Haven and attacked an employee of the facility.  The recommended sentence for the Defendant is nineteen (19) years in prison.   The Defendant will be formally sentenced on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Kenneth Mattingly – 18CR1495 (Assault in the First Degree [6 counts], Assault in the Second Degree [2 counts], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mattingly (DOB 07/20/86) is charged in connection with a shooting which occurred on March 17, 2018 at Cole’s Place nightclub located at 2928 West Kentucky Street. During a physical altercation inside the nightclub, the defendant produced a handgun and fired at least eight shots, striking six victims. The defendant was able to be identified via video surveillance. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and Andrew Reinhardt are the prosecutors.

Tilibra Nicole Cherry and Eltaka A. Moore – 17CR1226 (Murder [Complicity], Assault in the First Degree [Complicity])

  • Ms. Cherry (DOB 10/24/88) and Ms. Moore (DOB 05/03/71), mother and daughter, are charged with the April 16, 2017 Murder of Ta’nea Woods and assault of another victim. The defendants arrived at the home of one of the victims, armed with a baseball bat and a handgun. Upon arrival, the defendant began defacing property belonging to the victims. When confronted by the victims, the defendants struck Ms. Woods with the baseball bat and shot her, killing her. As the other victim was running away from the shooting, she too was shot in the stomach. A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Josh Porter and Andrew Miller are the prosecutors.

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1/25 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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1/22 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: January 21 – 25, 2019

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

Scott Adam Cooper – 17CR0301, 17CR0583, 17CR0878, 17CR1610, 17CR3222 and 18CR2112 (Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property over $10,000, Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property over $500 [3 counts], Theft By Deception over $10,000 [6 counts], Theft By Deception over $500 [20counts], Trafficking in Marijuana, 5 pounds or more, and Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, Schedule II Cocaine)

  • Mr. Cooper (DOB 01/29/85) entered a guilty plea to these charges on January 16, 2019 in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  In his guilty plea, Cooper agreed to a sentence of thirteen (13) years and agreed to pay restitution totaling $239,899.07 to his thirty-one (31) victims.  The charges arose out of a fraud scheme perpetrated by Cooper between April 13, 2016 and February 2, 2018 wherein he contracted with area homeowners to replace the roofs on their residences, collected money from them and then failed to return and perform the work.   He was also found to be in possession of 13 pounds of marijuana and 13 grams of cocaine on November 30, 2016.  Final sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jeff Cooke is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Troy Antwan Hurt, Jr. – 17CR0648 (Murder)

  • Mr. Hurt (DOB 10/06/00) is charged with the November 9, 2016, murder of his romantic partner Trayona McDowell (DOB 10/17/98) on Egypt Lane.  A hearing on the defendant’s motion to suppress his statement is scheduled for January 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Cody Bates – 17CR1730 (Murder)

  • Mr. Bates (DOB 03/13/93) was 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 found the defendant guilty of Murder on December 7, 2018. The case is scheduled for final sentencing on January 23, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.

Javontay Forrest – 18CR2649 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, 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.  Final sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

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 January 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

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1/14 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: January 14 – 18, 2019

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

Michael Vernon Hayes – 13CR2996 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Vernon (DOB 12/31/80) is charged with the robbery and murder of Javon Dawson.  The facts of the case are as follows:  On November 3, 2013, the defendant entered 665 Lindell Avenue, Apartment 4, Jefferson County, Kentucky, the residence of Ms. Jovon Dawson and her three children, and murdered Ms. Dawson with a 12-inch long kitchen knife.  Ms. Dawson’s children were asleep in the apartment when this happened.  The defendant was thereby able to steal items from the victim including her purse, which was recovered in his apartment.  When officers arrived at his apartment during a neighborhood canvas, he hid in his hall closet a bag containing the purse and its contents, the knife, and some bloody clothing.  A capital trial was set to begin on January 11, 2019, but two days before the trial, the defendant entered an open plea to the charges.  The parties will return for sentencing arguments on April 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  At that time, it will be up to the Court to determine a penalty anywhere between 20 years and death.  Elizabeth Jones Brown and Critt Cunningham are the prosecutors.

Robin Bishop – 18CR3710 (Theft by Deception over $500, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree [9 Counts], Falsifying Business Records)

  • Mr. Bishop (DOB 12/01/74) is charged with theft from Carpenter’s Local 2501, which occurred from 2014 to 2017, while Mr. Bishop was the union chapter’s financial secretary. He was arraigned on January 7, 2019 and a first pretrial conference is scheduled for February 11, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

Jasmine Wade– 16CR0127 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Abuse of a Corpse)

  • On July 22, 2015, Ms. Wade (DOB 01/04/00), then 15 years old, gave a live birth to a baby girl. The Defendant smothered the victim shortly after her birth causing her death. The Defendant removed the victim from the crime scene and hid the corpse in her purse. A Jury Trial was scheduled to begin on January 8, 2019, but at that time the defendant pled guilty to the above charges. The Commonwealth has recommended a sentence of 7 years in prison. Formal sentencing is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

Amanda Nicole Needy – 18CR3594 (Murder [Complicity])

  • Ms. Needy (DOB 06/04/1990) is charged in connection with the February 17, 2017, murder of Nicholas Morris at 1201 Payne Street outside Ciao Ristorante. She was arraigned on the above charge on December 17, 2019. Her bond is currently set at $75,000. A first pretrial conference is scheduled for January 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

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. A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 15, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Cassaundra Fitsgerald – 18CR3476 (Criminal Abuse in the Second Degree)

  • Ms. Fitsgerald (DOB 08/26/84) is charged with the October 10, 2018 assault of her child. The defendant strangled her ten year old son, T.T., in front of the minor victim’s 12 year old sister. The minor victim was transported by EMS to Kosair Children’s Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.   A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 16, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.

Mr. Robert Mitchell and Ms. Stephanie Smith – 17CR2122 & 17CR2554 (Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual Performance, Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree – Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor [2 counts])

  • Mr. Mitchell (DOB 10/13/73) and Ms. Smith (07/22/86) are charged with encouraging a minor to engage in a sexual performance. The two posted an ad to Craigslist in search of a young girl to perform sexual activities. An undercover agent responded and set up a meeting. When the defendants arrived to the meeting, they had their two minor children inside their vehicle and were in possession of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor

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