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Media Release: Man Convicted of Attempted Murder of Louisville Metro Police Officer Pleads to Federal Firearms Charge

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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 18, 2019

Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Elijah Eubanks, a 21 year old Louisville resident, entered a plea to the federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Eubanks was sentenced to ten years in state prison on August 22, 2018 after having entered a guilty plea in Jefferson Circuit Court to state charges of Criminal Attempt Murder and Violation of a Protective Order with regard to an incident occurring on March 31, 2018 wherein Eubanks fired a handgun at Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Eric Goldschmidt while Goldschmidt was investigating a neighborhood complaint.  Following entry of this plea in state court Eubanks was sentenced to an additional five years to serve on a previously probated sentence for Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree resulting in a total state sentence of fifteen years.  The federal charge brought by the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky relates to the same March 31, 2018 shooting incident as the state charges.

Eubanks is scheduled to be sentenced on his federal charge on November 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

The prosecutor in the state case was Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Elizabeth Jones Brown.

Attention:  Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:              (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:      (502) 262-5809
E-mail:             jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

8/12 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: August 12 – August 16, 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

Shilo Joseph – 18CR3099 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Burglary in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Joseph (DOB 12/21/81) was charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred on October 14, 2018. Mr. Joseph broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment located at 9614 Westport Road. Antonio Starks interrupted him while inside the apartment. During a brief physical altercation, Mr. Joseph stabbed the victim one time in the chest, causing his death. A Jury Trial concluded on August 8, 2019 in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. The Jury recommended a sentence of 20 years to serve in prison. Doug Meisel and Peter Lovett are the prosecutors.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Clifton Jones, Jr., Cedell Richardson, Jr., and Dashawn Garrison – 19CR2170 (Murder, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Jones], Possession of a Handgun by a Minor (Subsequent Offender) [Richardson and Garrison], Receiving Stolen Firearm)

  • Mr. Jones (DOB 10/26/04), Mr. Richardson (DOB 08/25/01), and Mr. Garrison (DOB 01/13/04) are charged in complicity for the murder of Tyrese Garvin on June 23, 2019.  On that date, Mr. Garvin was walking away from University of Louisville Hospital after visiting his newborn twins.  The defendants, who were driving in the area, saw Mr. Garvin and recognized him as a friend of someone with whom they had a conflict. They shot Mr. Garvin multiple times, resulting in his death. The defendants were indicted on August 7, 2019.  They are scheduled for arraignment on August 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Lantz and Milja Zgonjanin are the prosecutors.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Reco Smith – 19CR1724 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree [3 counts], Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [2 counts], Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree [Motor Vehicle])

  • On December 22, 2018, Mr. Smith (DOB 11/13/01) was operating a stolen vehicle containing four other occupants who ranged in age from 13 years old to 18 years old. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle while traveling southbound on I-65.  Mr. Smith refused to yield and accelerated the vehicle.  He continued to take evasive driving measures in an effort to flee from police until his actions resulted in two police vehicles crashing, causing serious physical injury to those officers. Mr. Smith continued driving and exited on to eastbound Fern Valley Road before crashing the vehicle in the 3300 block.  One passenger, Ki’Anthony Tyus (13 years old) was declared deceased on scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.  Another passenger suffered serious physical injury, and two others received minor injuries. A first pre-trial conference is scheduled for August 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Lantz 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 on various motions in Mr. Mallory’s case is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner and Elizabeth Jones Brown are the prosecutors.

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 Ragsdale, 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.  A hearing is scheduled for August 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz and Scott Drabenstadt are the prosecutors.

JURY TRIALS

Jean L. Dell – 18cr1783 (Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree)

  • Ms. Dell (DOB 11/03/86) is charged with assaulting a police officer. During a police encounter, Ms. Dell drove away, dragging the officer beside her vehicle. When police finally caught up with her, she resisted arrest and spit on another officer. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel is the prosecutor.

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8/5 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: August 5 – August 9, 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

Demetri Macklin – 19CR2114 (Robbery in the First Degree [8 counts], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [6 counts], Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Between May 8, 2019 and July 25, 2019, Mr. Macklin (DOB 07/10/72) committed armed robberies at six different businesses across Jefferson County.  Mr. Macklin used a distinctive blue handgun in each of these robberies.  Upon his arrest, Mr. Macklin admitted to committing three of the robberies.  At the time of these incidents, Mr. Macklin was on unsupervised parole for having committed 15 armed robberies previously. Mr. Macklin was arraigned on August 1, 2019.  His first Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled for September 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Charles A. Webb – 18CR2097 (Assault in the Second Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Terroristic Threatening in the Third Degree)

  • Mr. Webb (DOB 07/18/58) is charged with the May 27, 2018 Assault and strangulation of his wife. On May 15, 2019, Mr. Webb entered a guilty plea to the above charges and formal sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

JURY TRIALS

Shilo Joseph – 18CR3099 (Murder, Burglary in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Joseph (DOB 12/21/81) is charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred on October 14, 2018. Mr. Joseph broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment located at 9614 Westport Road. Antonio Starks interrupted him while inside the apartment. During a brief physical altercation, Mr. Joseph stabbed the victim one time in the chest, causing his death. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on August 5, 2019 and 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and Peter Lovett are the prosecutors.

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7/29 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: July 29 – August 2, 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

Travis Kniffley – 17CR3712 (Assault in the First Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Kniffley (DOB 03/14/88) was charged with the brutal assault of his former girlfriend on December 4, 2017. On Friday, July 26, 2019, Mr. Kniffley entered a guilty plea to the above charges and agreed to serve a 20 year sentence, the maximum sentence under these charges. He was formally sentenced and sent to serve his sentence in prison. Danielle Yannelli was the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Jack Charping, Sharon Charping, Jennifer Geiling – 19CR2027 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree [Charping and Charping], Reckless Homicide [Geiling])

  • Mr. Jack Charping (DOB 02/16/69) and Ms. Sharon Charping (DOB 09/12/65) were indicted for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and Jennifer Geiling (DOB 01/19/94) was indicted for Reckless Homicide, in relation to the death of 2-year old Isaiah Geiling on May 2, 2019.  Isaiah Geiling died after being attacked by the pit bull owned by Jack Charping and Sharon Charping.  Arraignment is scheduled to occur on Monday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.  

 William H. Harris AKA “C” & Jaquan C. McWilliams AKA “Gooey”—19CR2071 (Murder [Both], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Harris only])

  • Mr. “C” Harris (DOB 12/22/80) and Mr. “Gooey” McWilliams (12/10/99) are charged in connection with the July 11, 2019 shooting death of Jermaine Thompson, near 1137 S. 17th Street. McWilliams drove a red dodge charger with Harris as the passenger; McWilliams got out to speak with the victim, and a short time later Harris fires shots at him from inside of the car, then Harris hopped out and followed the victim down the alley, and shot him a couple more times. McWilliams drove away from the scene taking Harris with him.  Arraignment is scheduled for Monday, July 29th at 2:00 p.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Carter Bergin – 19CR1824 (Kidnapping, Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Assault in the Second Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Bergin (DOB 07/13/92) is charged along with co-defendant Carter Payne in the kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder of Mr. Frederick Graham.  Mr. Bergin’s motion for bond reduction is scheduled to be heard August 2, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

PRETRIALS

Roger D. Burdette – 19CR0516 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment [4 Counts], Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants)

  • Mr. Burdette (DOB 06/22/58) is charged with the Christmas Eve Murder of LMPD Detective Deidre Mengedoht while operating an MSD truck while under the influence of intoxicants. Amid the crash, Mr. Burdette also endangered the lives of four other individuals. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Tashunka Wakan Wakiyanto Campbell – 19CR1608 (Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree[2 Counts], Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree, Menacing)

  • Mr. Campbell (DOB 03/01/01) is charged in connection with firing firearms in the direction of another and in the air in a residential area on or around April 11, 2019; and making threatening statements about having a gun on school property on or around April 12, 2019. A first Pretrial Conference is scheduled for July 31, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Michelle Fox is the prosecutor. 

JURY TRIALS

Antolin Bustos-Hernandez – 18CR0697 (Sodomy in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Bustos-Hernandez (DOB 08/26/86) is charged with holding his female victim in a hotel room and sexually assaulting her.  A jury trial is set to begin Monday, July 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Corey Taylor is the prosecutor. 

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Media Release: Judge Sentences Michael Vernon Hayes to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole for 2013 Murder

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

Media Release: July 12, 2019

Today Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry sentenced Michael Vernon Hayes to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the November 3, 2013 slaying of Jovon Dawson. Hayes slit Dawson’s throat during a robbery at her residence and left her to be found by her 6-year-old daughter.

Dawson had pled guilty to Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence in January of this year without an agreement with the prosecution as to a recommended sentence. Under this plea the final sentence would be determined by the presiding judge. After hearing arguments today Judge Perry sentenced Hayes to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The range of sentences which were available ran from as low as twenty years to the maximum penalty of death.

Dawson will be transferred to the Kentucky Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The prosecutors in the case were Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Elizabeth Jones Brown and Critt Cunningham.

Attention:  Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:              (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:      (502) 262-5809
E-mail:             jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com