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3/27 Weekly 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

Weekly Media Release: March 27, 2017 – March 31, 2017

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

Dale Thomas Hammond – 15CR2596 (Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or Other Prohibited Activities)

  • Mr. Hammond (DOB 05/21/55), was charged with one count of Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual or Other Prohibited Activities. On July 24, 2015, Mr. Hammond responded to a fictitious Craigslist ad that was placed online by an undercover investigator with the Office of the Attorney General.  The Defendant began communicating with the investigator, who he believed to be a 15 year old girl in Louisville.  Mr. Hammond sent several sexually explicit text messages, and he requested to meet the undercover investigator for the purpose of sexual contact.  He was observed travelling from his workplace to the meet location, where he was arrested.  The Defendant was found guilty by a Jury on March 23, 2017. The jury recommended a sentence of one year in prison.  The Defendant will also have to complete the Sex Offender Treatment Program and register on the Sex Offender Registry for a period of twenty years.  Final sentencing is scheduled for May 31, 2017 at 9:30 am in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson and Danielle Yannelli were the prosecutors.

Robert A. Taylor – 15CR2649 (Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree While in Possession of a Firearm – Subsequent Offender [3 counts—Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Oxycodone], Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree While in Possession of a Firearm – Subsequent Offender [Suboxone], Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree While in Possession of a Firearm – Subsequent Offender [Alprazolam], Possession of a Handgun By A Convicted Felon)

  • Mr. Taylor (DOB 05/22/81) was found guilty of all the above charges by a Jury on March 22, 2017.  The charges stemmed from a violent crime investigation wherein Defendant was found to be Trafficking in Heroin, Meth, Oxycodone, Suboxone, and Alprazolam.  Defendant was also in possession of two firearms during the course of his criminal acts.  The jury recommended a sentence of 50 years. His sentencing is scheduled for May 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Shelly Alvey and Nathan Batey were the prosecutors.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Joshua Lewis Young– 16CR1338 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Young (DOB 02/08/1995) is charged in connection with the May 16, 2016, shooting death of his landlord, Shane McCain, at 2326 Griffiths Avenue.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Joshua Waldrop are the prosecutors.

Tristan Jewell and Devonta Anderson – 17CR0503 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Jewell (DOB 11/06/95) and Mr. Anderson (DOB 10/04/93) are charged with the February 14, 2017 shooting death of Mr. Joshua Evans. Mr. Evans and another victim were walking home in the 1500 block of Longview Avenue when defendants opened fire, killing Mr. Evans but missing another. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Jeffrey Wayne Sykes – 15CR2992 (Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Sykes (DOB 02/09/90) is charged with robbing a teller at the Fifth Third Bank at 401 S. 4th Street (next to Fourth Street Live) on November 5, 2015.  He was apprehended next door in the Hyatt parking garage.  A trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 28, 2017 after the morning docket in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown and Critt Cunningham are the prosecutors.

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3/17 Weekly 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

Weekly Media Release: March 20, 2017 – March 24, 2017

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

Raymone Vashawn Neal – 17CR0735 (Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Neal (DOB 10/14/76) is charged with the Robbery of the Rodeway Inn located at 571 Phillips Lane on February 27, 2017. The defendant entered the business and presented the clerk with a note demanding business cash and placed his hand in his pocket as if he was armed with a handgun. The defendant fled with the business cash and was later identified through verbal descriptions and surveillance videos indicating the defendant had a specific facial scar. Mr. Neal will be arraigned on this charge, as well as Violation of a Protective Order, on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Mauricus Lofton is the prosecutor.

Dustin Dwayne Nelson – 17CR0704 (Burglary in the Second Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $500, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500)

  • On August 18, 2016, Mr. Nelson (DOB 02/09/86) unlawfully entered the victim’s home by force and took property valued over $500 including electronics and a sealed box which contained the remains of the victim’s deceased dog. The defendant later informed the victim that he would return remains of his dog if the victim were to wire him $1,000. At a later date, Mr. Nelson pulled up in a car outside the victim’s home and threated the victim verbally and by shooting a gun into the air. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on the above charges on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Tyreesha Rickman –16CR3165 (Obtaining or Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit Complicity)

  • Ms. Rickman (DOB 07/12/92) received a prescription for 28 Hydrocodone tablets, commonly referred to by their street name, “Watsons.”  When the prescription was presented to the pharmacy, it had been altered to read 48.  Ms. Rickman was not authorized to alter the prescription.  Ms. Rickman gave a taped, mirandized statement admitting to attempting to pick up the altered prescription.   The defendant is scheduled for pre-trial conference on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Phil Bronson is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Ricky Lewis Kelly – 14CR2146 (Murder)

  • Mr. Kelly (DOB 11/18/70) is charged with killing Mr. Lajuante Jackson in August of 2005.  A hearing on the defendant’s motion to exclude the death penalty due to intellectual disability is scheduled for March 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown and Justin Janes are the prosecutors.

William Mattingly– 15CR3102 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mattingly (DOB 05/09/75) is charged in connection with the November 13, 2015, strangulation death of Thomas Grismer in a hotel room at the Red Roof Inn located at 4704 Preston Highway. A hearing concerning a pending motion to suppress is scheduled on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Chris Foster are the prosecutors.

TRIALS

Brent Michael Watson, 14CR0797 (Sexual Abuse in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Watson (DOB 11/06/94) is charged with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Mr. Watson is charged with having sexual contact with the victim. The victim was nine years of age at the time. A Trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

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Press conference for Wicker shooting investigation

WDRB has a video of the press conference:
http://www.wdrb.com/story/34800893/watch-live-commonwealths-attorneys-determines-lmpd-shooting-of-darnell-wicker-was-justified2

Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow with embedded multimedia. Click through slideshow to see overlapping text (74 MB pptx):
http://louisvilleprosecutor.com/piu/PIU-Investigation.pptx

Full letter from Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine from the LMPD Facebook page (5 MB PDF):
https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/police/sop_searchable_and_reports/darnell_wicker_letter.pdf

Slideshow files also available in HTML (20 MB) and PDF (5 MB):
http://www.louisvilleprosecutor.com/piu/

Click on image to pause slideshow:

3/12 Weekly 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

Weekly Media Release: March 13, 2017 – March 17, 2017

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

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Thomas B. Wine, joined three prominent Kentucky leaders for a panel discussion focusing on the alarming new report revealing the majority of young adults fail to meet criteria demonstrating that they are citizen-ready members of society. The report was released by Kentucky members of the nonprofit Council for a Strong America at the American Revolution National Headquarters, in a panel discussion moderated by Major General (Ret.) Robert Silverthorn, U.S. Army.  Joining Mr. Wine, a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, on the panel was Major General (Ret.) Michael Davidson, U.S. Army, a member of Mission: Readiness; Ankur Gopal, CEO of Interapt, a member of ReadyNation; and Marcus Burchfield, Director of Missions at New River McCreary County Baptist Association, a member of Shepherding the Next Generation. Kentucky received a grade of “D” based on the percentage of young adults in the state who are workforce-ready, law-abiding, and able to defend our nation, should they choose. Mr. Wine and the panel discussed the state’s ranking and its impact on the economy and national security on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Sons of the American Revolution National Headquarters.

Vincent Dooley – 15CR0588 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Dooley (DOB 01/24/79) was found guilty of the above charge by a jury trial on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Mr. Dooley was charged with the shooting death of Thomas McKinney on February 18, 2015. The jury recommended a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  Final sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2017 in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Jason Mathes – 16CR1147 (Robbery in the First Degree [7 counts], Assault in the Second Degree, Theft By Unlawful Taking, Fleeing and Evading Police)

  • Mr. Mathes (DOB 08/10/79) is charged in connection with a string of business robberies and a carjacking of another victim during the time period of March 30, 2016 to April 21, 2016.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 16, 2017 at 9:45 in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Theodore Rogers – 15CR2511 (Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Planting, Cultivating or Harvesting Marijuana with the Intent to Sell (5 plants or more) while in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana)

  • Mr. Rogers (DOB 05/19/1962), is charged in relation to a search warrant executed on his residence on March 26, 2015. Detectives located approximately 20 marijuana plants, multiple digital scales, a rifle, and a handgun within the home.  A jury trial is set to begin on March 13, 2017 in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Amanda Hernandez is the prosecutor.

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3/4 Weekly 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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Seal of Kentucky
OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: March 6, 2017 – March 10, 2017

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

William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber, Duwan Mason – 15CR1328 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree (4 Counts))

  • Mr. McLemore (DOB 07/24/95), Mr. Tramber (DOB 11/16/94), and Mr. Mason (DOB 10/13/86) were charged in relation to a shooting that killed 16-month-old Ne’Rhiah Miller on August 27, 2014. The defendants approached the front porch of a home located on South 37th Street where the victims were congregated and opened fire against them. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, all three defendants were found guilty of the above charges. The jury recommended a sentence of 35 years in prison each for Mr. McLemore and Mr. Mason, while Mr. Tramber will receive a 20 year sentence. Final sentencing is scheduled for April 28th, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryane Conroy is the prosecutor.

Corey Quantez Chapman – 16CR0219 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon)

  • Mr. Chapman (DOB 01/13/82) was charged for the shooting death of Leontynae Wade, the mother of his children. This shooting occurred in the street at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Peachtree Avenue in front of the couple’s young son and the victim’s cousin.  Mr. Chapman is a convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing a handgun.   On Friday, March 3, 2017 the defendant was found guilty of Murder and subsequently entered a guilty plea to the charge of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

John D. Pierce and Anthony Lee Crockett – 16CR0489 (Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor [Twenty Counts, Crockett][One Count, Pierce])

  • Mr. Pierce (DOB 08/10/76) entered a plea of guilty to possessing one item of child pornography.  Mr. Crockett (DOB 10/31/56) entered a plea of guilty to possessing twenty (20) items of child pornography.  The Kentucky State Police led the investigation.  The Commonwealth is recommending four (4) years for Mr. Pierce and seven (7) years for Mr. Crockett in exchange for their guilty plea.  Final Sentencing has been set for Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:15 am, in Jefferson County Circuit Courtroom Division 13. Courtney Straw is the prosecutor.

Jeffrey Stine – 15CR0823 (Robbery in the First Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500)

  • Mr. Stine (DOB 07/24/91) was found guilty of robbing victim on January 11, 2015.  Two others that were charged in connection with these offenses previously pled guilty, have been sentenced, and testified at trial.  The trial was held last week with a jury returning a guilty verdict on the 2 above felony charges on, February 24, 2017, in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. The jury further deliberated on punishment and have recommended a sentence of 14 years.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey and Mauricus Lofton are the prosecutors.

Carl Jackson – 16CR0091 (Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree (Methamphetamine more than 2 Grams), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia while in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm)

  • On October 11, 2016, Mr. Jackson (DOB 01/03/71) pled guilty to the above charges for which the Commonwealth recommended a total of 10 years in prison. The defendant was finally sentenced on March 1, 2017, in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court to 10 years to serve in the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Amanda Hernandez was the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

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

  • Mr. Singer (DOB 03/01/1994) was indicted on March 2, 2017. He is charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of Mr. Nicholas Morris on February 17, 2017. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Whitney Hanlon – 16CR2597 (Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree-Methamphetamine)

  • Ms. Hanlon (DOB 09/04/97) was stopped by police for operating a motor vehicle without an illuminated license plate.  Ms. Hanlon admitted to officers that a bag of drugs was under her seat.  Kentucky State Police laboratory results confirmed the presence of 0.973 grams of pure, uncut Methamphetamine.  The defendant is scheduled for pre-trial conference on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Josh Porter is the prosecutor.

James Anthony Taylor- 17CR0243 (Burglary in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Taylor (DOB 07/27/89) is charged with a home invasion which occurred at 1732 Wilson on October 28th of 2016.  The defendant, armed with a handgun, forced his way in through the back door, pistol whipped the victim, and left with property.   Mr. Taylor is also the defendant in pending case 16CR3152 where he is charged with: Murder, Robbery, and Burglary.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for March 8 at 9:00 in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 12.  Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

Isaiah Hayes and Destiny Rhodes- 16CR2025 (Robbery in the First Degree [9 counts])

  • Mr. Hayes (DOB 11/19/93) and Ms. Rhodes (DOB 06/05/96) are charged with committing multiple business robberies between June 26, 2016, and July 22, 2016, at Walgreens Stores throughout Jefferson County.   A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

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