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4/8 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: March 25 – 29, 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.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Quinton Elliott, Herald Hume, Krystopher Rayborn, Kalea Stanford – 18CR3819 (Robbery in the First Degree [4 Counts])

  • Mr. Elliott (DOB 10/27/92), Hume (DOB 01/12/90), Mr. Rayborn (DOB 03/16/88), and Ms. Stanford (DOB 08/14/97) are charged in connection to a series of armed robberies that occurred between September 26 and December 13, 2018. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.

Indrias Joseph – 19CR0685 (State Lottery Fraud, Providing False Information to State Lottery Investigator)

  • Mr. Joseph (08/28/54) is charged in connection with the findings of a retailer integrity investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation at the River Road Shell at 3002 River Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor. 

Jinalben Savadara & Divyang Vyas -19CR0686 (State Lottery Fraud, Providing False Information to State Lottery Investigator)

  • Ms. Savadara (08/15/84) and Mr. Vyas (08/18/68) are charged in connection with the findings of a retailer integrity investigation by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation at the Five Points Food Mart at 4548 Taylorsville Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 11, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

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 Monday, April 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Tamara L. Eubanks – 18CR1912 (Murder)

  • Ms. Eubanks (DOB 01/07/83) is charged with the June 24th, 2018 Murder of her former boyfriend, Jaqua Simmons, in her home. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

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

  • Mr. Bishop (12/01/74) is charged in connection with theft from Carpenter’s Local #2501 occurring while he was the union’s financial secretary. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

GUILTY PLEAS

Nicholas Johnston – 17CR3579 (Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Johnston (DOB 07/21/94) is charged with the November 11, 2017, robbery of the Circle K located at 8801 Old Third Street Road.  Mr. Johnston stole business cash from the store clerk at knife-point.  A jury trial is scheduled for April 9, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  At that time, the Defendant has agreed to enter a guilty plea to Robbery in the First Degree in exchange for a dismissal of Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree and a recommended sentence of 10 years to serve at 85% parole eligibility.  Corey Taylor is the prosecutor. 

HEARINGS

Timothy Shane Singer & Amanda Nicole Needy – 17CR0581 & 18CR3594 (Murder [Complicty], Tampering with Physical Evidence [Singer])

  • Mr. Singer (03/01/94) and Ms. Needy (06/04/90) are charged in connection with the February 17, 2017, stabbing death of Nicholas Morris. A hearing on Defendant Needy’s motions is scheduled for April 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.

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Media Release: Devone F. Briggs Indicted for Olive Garden 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: April 4, 2019

LOUISVILLE, KY — Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against
Devone F. Briggs for the February 23, 2019, murder of Jose Antonio Munoz-Munoz at the Olive Garden at 4811 Outer Loop. Briggs has been charged with one count of Murder and seven counts of Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree. The Wanton Endangerment charges result from the fact that Briggs discharged his firearm in a crowded restaurant which threatened death or serious physical injury to seven other adults and children in the restaurant.

The case has been assigned to Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court and Briggs is expected to be formally arraigned there on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Marit DeLozier is the prosecutor.

A copy of the Indictment is attached with this release.

Media Release: Plea Entered In 2016 Shooting of Police Officer

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

Media Release: March 25, 2019

LOUISVILLE, KY —   This morning in Division Four of Jefferson Circuit Court  Jacquan Crowley (dob 11/10/1993) entered a plea to Criminal Attempt Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and Fleeing and Evading Police in the First Degree.  The charges arose out of an incident occurring on June 11, 2016 wherein Louisville Metro Police Officer Kyle Carroll was shot by Crowley while attempting to arrest him on outstanding arrest warrants.  The trial of the case had been scheduled to begin today.   Crowley agreed to a total sentence of eighteen (18) years on the charges and, having waived separate sentencing, will immediately begin serving his prison sentence.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys Justin Janes and Andrew Dailey, were the prosecutors on the case.

This case was investigated by LMPD Sgt. Arnold Rivera.

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office occupies a critical position in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must focus the power of the state on those who defy its laws. As legal representative for the people, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has the duty to seek justice for all. Visit www.louisvilleprosecutor.com for more information.

PLEASE CONTACT
Jeff Cooke
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
514 West Liberty Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Tel: 502-595-2340
Mobile:  502-262-5809
Email:  JCooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

3/25 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: March 25 – 29, 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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Thomas B. Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office participated in the 3rd Annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy from March 11 to March 20, 2019. During that time, The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney raised a total of $3,911.60 for the campaign. The Food Frenzy is a statewide fund drive competition among Kentucky law firms, law schools and legal organizations to support the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

The campaign is sponsored by the office of Attorney General Andy Beshear, the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Over 700,000 Kentuckians, including more than 200,000 children, struggle with hunger. Yet only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer months. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to provide a much-needed supply of resources to Kentucky’s food bank network to meet increased demand during the summer months when schools are closed. Over 125 legal organizations raised the equivalent of over 350,000 pounds of food in its first year of the campaign in 2017. The final results from the 2019 campaign are still pending.

Every $1 contributed will purchase 8 pounds of food for our local food bank, Dare to Care. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, 30th Judicial Circuit, is thrilled with the 2019 campaign results. With the help of members of this community and your contributions, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney increased its giving by 50% in donating $3,911.60 after a 2018 monetary donation of $2,657.43.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

 Kerry Barley – 17CR1181 (Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Barley (DOB 09/02/80) on April 19, 2017, gained access to the victim’s apartment at 3803 Dixie Highway by pretending to be a LG&E employee responding to a gas leak. Once inside the apartment, Mr. Barley locked the door behind him and demanded cash with a gun out.  When the victim, an older man, did not respond immediately, the defendant shot him in the leg. Then the victim, now in fear for his life tried to wrestle the gun away from the defendant. Mr. Barley shot the victim four times in the chest and then fled. The defendant is a convicted felon. A jury trial began on March 12, 2019 and he was convicted of the above charges. The Jury recommended a sentence of 28 years in prison. Final Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

HEARINGS

Kevin Nigel Stanford – 82CR0406 (Murder, First-Degree Robbery, First-Degree Sodomy, Receiving Stolen Property over $100).

  • In 1982, Mr. Stanford (DOB 08/23/63) was convicted by jury for the brutal sodomy, armed robbery, and intentional murder of Barbel Poore, an attendant at the Cheker gas station near his home, from which he also stole cigarettes.  Stanford was sentenced to death, but his request to commute his sentence was later granted by Governor Paul Patton, and his sentence was commuted to life without parole.  Stanford has filed a motion claiming that the sentence of life without parole is illegal because he was a 17-year-old juvenile at the time of his crimes.  The Commonwealth has vigorously opposed his motion.  Oral arguments on Stanford’s motion are scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Dorislee Gilbert is the prosecutor. 

TRIALS

Spindle L. Johnson – 16CR1896 (Murder)

  • Mr. Johnson (DOB 10/07/84) is charged with the July 3, 2016 murder of his 3 year old daughter. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle M. Yannelli and Sheri Wornall are the prosecutors.

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3/11 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: March 11 – 15, 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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thomas B. Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office will be participating in the 3rd Annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy from March 11 to March 18, 2019. The Food Frenzy is a statewide fund drive competition among Kentucky law firms, law schools and legal organizations to support the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

The campaign is sponsored by the office of Attorney General Andy Beshear, the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Over 700,000 Kentuckians, including more than 200,000 children, struggle with hunger. Yet only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer months. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to provide a much-needed supply of resources to Kentucky’s food bank network to meet increased demand during the summer months when schools are closed. Over 125 legal organizations raised the equivalent of over 350,000 pounds of food during the 2017 campaign

Every $1 contributed will count as 8 pounds of food for the competition. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will be collecting donations. To learn more please contact Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Madison Shoffner at mshoffner@louisvilleprosecutor.com. Online donations are welcomed and encouraged at https://kyfoodfrenzy.com/donate/.   Please be sure to note Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as the Designated Organization.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Jessica P. Bryant, Kenetta R. Chisolm, Chanel L. Crook, James D. Ellis, Whitney L. Vaught – 19CR0733 (Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (27 Counts), Theft by Deception over $500 (6 Counts), Theft by Deception over $10,000, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Ms. Bryant (DOB 08/05/83), Ms. Chisolm (DOB 07/02/90), Ms. Crook (DOB 12/24/99), Mr. Ellis (DOB 03/13/75), and Ms. Vaught (DOB 12/08/92) are charged in connection with a months-long scheme of cashing forged checks at various Kroger locations throughout Jefferson County with the above charges, taking place over the course of several months. The Jefferson County Grand Jury returned a 37 count indictment charging these defendants with Criminal Syndication, multiple counts each of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Theft by Deception. The case is scheduled for Arraignment on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor. 

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Christopher Cruz Olivo – 18CR0202 (Murder [3 Counts], Kidnapping, Criminal Abuse in the First Degree [2 Counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree [2 Counts])

  • Mr. Olivo (DOB 08/04/71) is charged with the shooting death of his longtime girlfriend, Geneva Miles, and her brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Catherine Miles, in their home. Present during the Murders were Michael and Catherine’s two young children, and the young child the defendant shared with Geneva Miles. After the shootings, Mr. Olivo fled to Florida with his daughter, leaving the other two young children in the home with their deceased parents. A pretrial conference is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

Gregory Alan Bush – 18CR3222 (Murder (2 Counts), Criminal Attempt Murder, Wanton Endangerment (2 Counts))

  • Mr. Bush (DOB 10/04/67) is charged with the shooting death of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones on October 24, 2018. On that date, Mr. Bush entered the Kroger located at 9080 Taylorsville Road and opened fire, killing two individuals and risking the death of others. A pretrial conference is scheduled for March 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.

Deon Mucker – 19CR0418 (Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree)

  • On February 1, 2019, Mr. Mucker (DOB 08/06/96) was an Amazon delivery driver and delivered a package to the victim’s residence.  He subjected the victim to unwanted sexual contact and attempted to gain access to her house.  The victim filed a complaint and the defendant’s employment with Amazon was terminated.  The defendant then returned to the victim’s residence on February 4, 2019 to confront her.  He unlawfully entered the victim’s residence, and when the victim attempted to call for police, the defendant tried to take her phone away and caused her injury in the process.  A first pretrial conference is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Daniel Michael Key, Jr. – 18CR3411 (Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Key (DOB 10/17/97) is charged with the death of his younger sister, I.P., on March 13, 2015. On that date, the defendant left a loaded and cocked handgun within reach of his two younger siblings. When the two reached for the gun to play with it, I.P. was shot and killed. A first pretrial conference is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

Matthew Helka – 19CR0449 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree)

  • Mr. Helka (DOB 11/20/82) is charged in connection with an assault that occurred on January 26, 2019.  The defendant entered the victim’s home while she was sleeping and assaulted the victim sexually and physically. The victim was able to escape while the defendant was taking property from her home.  A first pretrial conference is scheduled for March 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

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.

HEARINGS

Joseph Cambron – 14CR2628 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Cambron (DOB 04/01/93) is charged with the September 30, 2014 Murder of R.E., a juvenile victim. R.E. was discovered deceased by a runner in Cherokee Park several hours after his death. A hearing to suppress the statement given by the defendant is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Kerry Barley – 17CR1181 (Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.)

  • Mr. Barley (DOB 09/02/80) on April 19, 2017, gained access to the victim’s apartment at 3803 Dixie Highway by pretending to be a LG&E employee responding to a gas leak.  Once inside the apartment, Mr. Barley locked the door behind him and demanded cash with a gun out.  When the victim, an older man, did not respond immediately, the defendant shot him in the leg. Then the victim, now in fear for his life tried to wrestle the gun away from the defendant. Mr. Barley shot the victim four times in the chest and then fled. The defendant is a convicted felon. The case is set for trial on Tuesday, March 12th 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

Marcus Green and Devaughn Sullivan – 18CR0620 (Receiving Stolen Firearm (2 Counts), Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000)

  • Mr. Green (DOB 08/03/99) and Mr. Sullivan (DOB 11/01/99) are charged after a report of suspicious activity on November 2, 2017. When officers arrived that day, the defendants were found to be in possession of 6 handguns and one rifle – three of the firearms were stolen and one was defaced. The defendants were present that day in a vehicle which had been reported stolen. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on March 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and Erin Conklin are the prosecutors.

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