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10/15 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

Media Release: October 15 – 19, 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.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Justin Curry – 17CR2410 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, & Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Curry (DOB 01/25/88) is charged with the August 5, 2017 shooting of James Harris while Mr. Curry was out on bond on the Home Incarceration Program (HIP).  Mr. Harris died as a result of his injuries.  Mr. Harris had been allowing Mr. Curry to do HIP at his home and Mr. Curry asked an acquaintance to bring him a handgun earlier that day.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for October 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Jeremiah Carter – 18CR0092 (Murder)

  • Mr. Carter (DOB 07/05/01) is charged with the October 9, 2017, killing of Kontar Robinson in front of 858 S. 23rd Street, where Mr. Carter was on Home Incarceration.  After the shooting, Mr. Carter fled.  Mr. Carter later pled guilty for the Parade Day assault for which he was on Home Incarceration at the time and is currently serving a fifteen year sentence on those charges.  A pretrial conference for the murder case is scheduled for October 18 at 10:30 in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown 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 October 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor

Travon Curry and Thaddius Thomas – 18CR0059   (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence [Thomas], Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • Mr. Curry (DOB 12/03/01) and Mr. Thomas (DOB 11/17/01) are charged with robbing and killing Jason Spencer and placing his wife, Andrea Spencer, in danger of death or serious physical injury on November 5, 2017 in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue.  Both defendants exited the vehicle and shot at the victims.  They were 15 years old at the time of the incident.  The other two co-defendants, who stayed in the vehicle, were 13 and 15 years old at the time and have already pled guilty to their charges. A pretrial conference is scheduled for October 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Bradley Hanlon – 15CR3173 (Murder)

  • Mr. Hanlon (DOB 09/05/84) is charged with the murder of 21 month-old H.F. The defendant is the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother. H.F. was taken to the hospital on September 25, 2015 and ultimately died of injuries consistent with abusive head trauma, physical abuse, and medical neglect. H.F. was in the exclusive custody of Mr. Hanlon in the hours leading to her injuries and ultimate death. A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Chris Foster and Dani Yannelli are the prosecutors.

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10/8 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

Media Release: October 8 – 12, 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

Kenneth Austin, Gerad Carter, Christopher Champion, Philip Jackson -17CR0315 & 17CR0346 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Possession of a Hangun by a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Austin (DOB 10/11/88), Mr. Carter (DOB 10/14/90), Mr. Champion (DOB 05/31/95), and Mr. Jackson (DOB 04/09/91) were charged with the January 30, 2017, killing of John Grover at his home at 1534 Wilson Avenue as well as the robbery of Mr. Grover’s friend.  The investigation revealed that these four individuals had traveled to Jefferson County to accompany Mr. Carter to a court date.  On the way out of town, wanting some marijuana for the road, they were directed by a mutual friend to Mr. Grover’s house.  During the course of the transaction, which by all accounts was going well and included sampling of the wares and the playing of video games, Mr. Carter turned the situation into a robbery.  In the ensuing struggle between Mr. Carter, Mr. Austin, Mr. Grover, and Mr. Johnson, Mr. Austin shot Mr. Grover.  The defendants fled from the house back to Chicago.  Mr. Grover died from his wounds.  In late 2017, Mr. Champion pled guilty to facilitation to robbery, entered an agreement with the Commonwealth to testify at trial, and was released from custody.  On Friday, October 5th, Mr. Austin pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Tampering with Physical Evidence and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.  Mr. Carter pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Robbery, and Tampering with Physical Evidence and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison (which will run consecutively to the two year sentence he received in the original case that brought this group to Louisville that day, making his total seventeen years).  Mr. Jackson pled guilty to a misdemeanor and was released.  This occurred in Division 13 of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown was the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Demond Malone – 18CR2650 (Facilitation to Murder, Facilitation to Robbery in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • Mr. Malone (DOB 04/06/02) is charged in connection with the robbery and murder of Jason Spencer on November 5, 2017 in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue.  The defendant was 15 years old at the time of the incident. Two of his co-defendants, Travon Curry and Thaddius Thomas, have already been indicted and are currently pending in case number 18CR0059.   The defendant is scheduled to enter a plea agreement and be sentenced on October 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Quincy Blackmon – 18CR1278 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Blackmon (DOB 01/06/91) is charged with the attempted Murder 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 in an attempt to kill her 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. A pretrial conference is scheduled for October 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Bradley Hanlon – 15CR3173 (Murder)

  • Mr. Hanlon (DOB 09/05/84) is charged with the murder of 21 month-old H.F. The defendant is the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother. H.F. was taken to the hospital on September 25, 2015 and ultimately died of injuries consistent with abusive head trauma, physical abuse, and medical neglect. H.F. was in the exclusive custody of Mr. Hanlon in the hours leading to her injuries and ultimate death. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on October 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Chris Foster and Dani Yannelli are the prosecutors.

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10/1 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

Media Release: October 1 – 5, 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

Don Demartino Ezell – 17CR2757 (Assault in the Second Degree, Criminal Attempt Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon)

  • On August 25, 2017, Mr. Cory Woods headed to the barber shop by walking down the 300 block of Roland Street between South Preston and Floyd Streets, when a white Dodge Durango (which had recently been stolen) approached from the other direction, and the driver fired shots, including one that went through the bone of Mr. Woods’ leg, seriously injuring him.  Mr. Woods identified Mr. Ezell (DOB 04/20/95) as the person who fired a handgun out of the window of the vehicle.  Mr. Ezell pled guilty to the above charges on September 24, 2018 in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Syed Joseph Ali – 16CR2004  (Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Distribution of Obscene Matter to a Minor)

  • Mr. Ali (DOB 07/24/75) is charged with having sexual contact with the victim, and showing her anime pornography. The victim was four years old at the time. A Jury Trial began on September 18, 2018 in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court and Mr. Ali’s recommended sentence was 5 years. As a requirement of his sentence, the defendant must register as a sex offender for 20 years.  Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

Robert Lee Allen Hutchinson, Jr. – 18CR2776 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Hutchinson (DOB 04/08/1983) is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Megan Hough, on September 12, 2018.  The defendant beat the victim to death in his mother’s home and afterward placed her deceased body in a trashcan, along with the weapon used. Witnesses observed the defendant leaving the scene of the crime just before the victim’s body was found. The defendant admitted to police that he and the victim entered the house together and were the only ones in the house at the time she was murdered. On September 21, 2018, the defendant pled not guilty at his arraignment. A pretrial conference is scheduled for October 19, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Sheri Wornall is the prosecutor.

Dimitri Harris aka Dimetri Harris, aka Demitri Harris, 18CR2863 (Criminal Attempt Murder—Police Officer)

  • Mr. Harris (DOB 11/07/92) is charged with shooting at and attempting to kill LMPD Officer Brad Shouse on June 21, 2017.  Arraignment has already occurred and a pretrial conference is scheduled for October 31, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryane Conroy is the prosecutor.

James Travis Green, 18CR2885 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Firearm, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [2 Counts], Tampering With Physical Evidence, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (Alprazolam), Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Green (DOB 06/19/96) is charged in connection with the September 9, 2018, shooting death of Mr. Jacob Skees on Hackel Drive in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Green was arraigned on September 28, 2018, and a pre-trial conference was scheduled for November 7, 2018, at 10:30AM in Division 5 of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Christopher Dresing – 18CR0883 (Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor)

  • Mr. Dresing (DOB 04/02/84) is a former University of Louisville employee charged with distributing child pornography. Mr. Dresing, formerly employed in the Ekstrom Library on the University of Louisville campus, is believed to have distributed hundreds of images containing child pornography throughout the country. A pretrial conference is scheduled for October 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Conrai Andre Kaballah and Ricardo Delquan Taylor – 16CR0480 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Sodomy in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence [Taylor Only], and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Defendants Kaballah (DOB 02/01/90), and Taylor (DOB 11/18/87), were convicted at trial of the November 13, 2014, assault of Cedric Weaver who was an inmate at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections at the time of the assault.  The attack, in which the defendants punched and kicked and jumped on Mr. Weaver, and in which defendant Taylor sodomized him with a toilet brush, caused long-term and probable permanent brain injury to Mr. Weaver.  The jury recommended life sentences for both defendants.  By operation of law, the sentences will run concurrently with the life sentences they are already serving for murder(s).  Formal sentencing is scheduled for October 5, 2018, at 1:30 in Division One.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Antonio Chandler – 17CR1762 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Chandler (DOB _ is charged with the stabbing and attempted murder of his victim on April 4, 2017. The defendant targeted the victim, stabbing him multiple times, in retaliation for a previous encounter between the victim and the defendant’s girlfriend. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel is the prosecutor.

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9/17 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

Media Release: September 17 – 21, 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

Robert Lee Ray, Jr. – 17CR1824/17CR3195 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree (17 Counts), Burglary in the First Degree (3 Counts), Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Theft and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Ray (DOB 06/28/78) was charged in connection with causing the death of Claudia Higdon, one of the victims of the defendant’s string of multiple robberies that began on June 12, 2017 and continued until his arrest on June 17, 2017.  The robbery of Ms. Higdon and the burglary of her home occurred on June 13, 2017.  Ms. Higdon died on July 20, 2017.  Her death was attributed to stress-induced Takotsubo cardiomyopathy sustained as a result of the robbery.   In total eighteen people were victimized by Defendant Ray in this violent crime spree.   On September 12, 2018, Defendant Ray pled guilty to Manslaughter In the Second Degree, seventeen (17) counts of Robbery In the First Degree, three (3) counts of Burglary In the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment In the First Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police In the First Degree, Criminal Mischief In the First Degree, Theft and Persistent Felony Offender In the First Degree. Defendant Ray was sentenced to serve twenty (20) years in prison.  He will not be eligible for parole until he serves seventeen (17) years of this prison sentence.  Stacy Greive and Ryan Olberding are the assigned prosecutors.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Demond Malone – 18CR2650 (Facilitation to Murder, Facilitation to Robbery in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • Mr. Malone (DOB 04/06/02) is charged in connection with the robbery and murder of Jason Spencer on November 5, 2017 in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue.  The defendant was 15 years old at the time of the incident. Two of his co-defendants, Travon Curry and Thaddius Thomas, have already been indicted and are currently pending in case number 18CR0059.   Arraignment is scheduled for September 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

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

  • Mr. Forrest (DOB 01/08/02) is charged with the murder of Travon Yelder on July 31, 2018.  The defendant, who is 16 years old, was reported to be irresponsibly handling a gun throughout the night. At the time of the incident, the victim was seated in front of the defendant playing a video game. The defendant pointed the handgun at the victim’s head and shot.   Arraignment is scheduled for September 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Taylor Cole Satterly – 18CR2235 (Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Satterly (DOB 01/23/90) is charged in relation to a fatal collision where Ms. Jadylynn Myers was struck by a vehicle. Mr. Satterly is believed to have left the scene of the accident where Ms. Myers was struck. A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Shawn P. Murphy – 17CR3561 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia)

  • Mr. Murphy (DOB 03/17/72) was involved in a fatal accident on November 19, 2017 when he ran a red light at the intersection of Floyd St. and Central Ave., striking the passenger side of a vehicle. The front passenger died as a result of the crash and the driver sustained life threatening injuries. Mr. Murphy fled the scene on foot but was later located and admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the collision. A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

James Mallory, Anthony L. Hogan Jr., and Cannon Pendegrass – 12CR1317 (Murder, Burglary in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mallory (DOB 09/05/82), Mr. Hogan, (DOB 06/16/93), and Mr. Pendegrass (DOB 12/14/89) are charged with the April 11, 2012 Murder of 15 year old Gregory Holt Jr. inside his home. Mr. Mallory’s case has been severed from his two co-defendants and will be tried individually. A hearing for pretrial motions in Mr. Mallory’s case is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin with individual Voir Dire on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. also in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Dorislee Gilbert and Madison Shoffner are the prosecutors.

TRIALS

Syed Joseph Ali – 16CR2004  (Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [2 counts], Distribution of Obscene Matter to a Minor)

  • Mr. Ali (DOB 07/24/1975) is charged with having sexual contact with the victim, and showing her anime pornography. The victim was four years old at the time. A Jury Trial is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 9:45 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

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9/4 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

Media Release: September 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

Abdi Noor – 18CR2392 (Reckless Homicide, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • On August 28, 2018, in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court, Mr. Noor (DOB 03/06/02) entered a plea of guilty as indicted for the shooting death of Prince Zreeyah.  This tragedy occurred on March 5, 2018, when Mr. Noor and his friend Mr. Zreeyah were present at an apartment complex at 7300 Cogan Boulevard near New Cut and Southside Drive.  According to Mr. Noor and witness statements, a white car pulled up in the parking lot, and shots were exchanged between the occupants of the white car Mr. Noor and Mr. Zreeyah.  The white car immediately fled, and the occupants have not been identified.  In the exchange of gunfire, Mr. Noor and Mr. Zreeyah were both shot, the latter fatally.  When the bullet recovered during the autopsy was compared to the other ballistic evidence from the scene, detectives realized it came from Mr. Noor’s gun.  Mr. Noor was sentenced to five years on Reckless Homicide and twelve months for Possession of a Handgun by a Minor and was placed in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice at a secure detention facility where he will undergo the juvenile treatment program.  He has the opportunity to request probation from the court upon completion of treatment or at his eighteenth birthday, whichever occurs first.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Darrell Ditto – 17CR0277 (Murder)

  • Mr. Ditto (DOB 09/05/93) was charged with the January 19, 2017 death of Z.W., a six-year old child who was in his care. On August 22, 2018, Mr. Ditto entered a guilty plea to the charge and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

James Mallory, Anthony L. Hogan Jr., and Cannon Pendegrass – 12CR1317 (Murder, Burglary in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mallory (DOB 09/05/82), Mr. Hogan, (DOB 06/16/93), and Mr. Pendegrass (DOB 12/14/89) are charged with the April 11, 2012 Murder of 15 year old Gregory Holt Jr. inside his home. Mr. Mallory’s case has been severed from his two co-defendants and will be tried individually. A hearing for pretrial motions in Mr. Mallory’s case is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Dorislee Gilbert and Madison Shoffner are the prosecutors.

TRIALS

Tiffany James– 17CR1937 (Murder)

  • Ms. James (DOB 03/17/98) is charged in connection with the June 26, 2017 stabbing death of a 14 year old girl at the Speedway in Portland.  A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Milja Zgonjanin are the assigned prosecutors.

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