4/24 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: April 24, 2017 – April 28, 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

Willie Ward – 14CR2203, 15CR0421 (Sodomy in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Ward (DOB 06/13/1963) was charged with forcing the seventeen year old victim to perform oral sex on him. The incident occurred on August 18, 2014. A trial began on April 18, 2017 in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court and the Defendant was found guilty of Sodomy in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree. The jury recommended an enhanced sentence of 40 years in prison. Final sentencing is scheduled for June 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

Dailyn Cruz Abreu – 17CR1145 (Murder)

  • Ms. Cruz Abreu (DOB 11/23/90), is charged with one count of Murder.  She allegedly called 911 on March 30th to report she had smothered her baby.  When police arrived, they found her 3 month old child deceased. Ms. Cruz Abreu was arraigned on April 21, 2017 and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 9:30 am in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Matthew Bullard – 17CR1116 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • On November 10, 2016, Mr. Bullard (DOB 05/28/00) shot and killed Le Truong in the area of W. Tenny Avenue and S. First Street.  Le Truong was 15 years old and Mr. Bullard was 16 years old.   Mr. Bullard fled the scene before police arrived and was apprehended one week later.  Mr. Bullard is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Dante Stone – 14CR2425 (Murder, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Stone (DOB 06/05/84) is charged with the September 10, 2014 shooting of Chauncey Miles in the 800 block of Hazel Street.  Mr. Miles died as a result of his injuries.  Mr. Stone represents himself along with co-counsel Robert Guarnieri.  A Jury Trial is scheduled for May 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  A hearing on final pretrial motions is scheduled for April 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Tom Wine and Emily Lantz are the prosecutors.

TRIALS

Andre Steadmon– 16CR0121, 17CR0850 (Assault in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Steadmon (DOB 05/31/79) is charged in connection with a shooting occurring on Halloween Night of 2015, near 309 E. St. Catherine Street.  The defendant, a convicted felon, pulled a firearm and shot the victim in the abdomen.  Once the victim was on the ground in the street, the defendant swung his gun over to point it at the victim’s girlfriend who sat in her car with their 7 year old child some 15 feet away.  She immediately drove off.  At which time, the defendant walked closer to the victim and once he was standing directly over the wounded man, fired a second shot into the victim’s abdomen.   Then he fled the scene. The victim was rushed by his girlfriend to the emergency room.  The defendant has seven (7) prior felonies. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Division Ten of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Critt Cunningham and Josh Waldrop are the prosecutors.

Myliek Damont First – 14CR0515 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. First (DOB 09/19/96) is charged with the October 3, 2013 shooting death of Tony Grady and the shooting of  another victim which occurred during the course of a robbery.  A trial is scheduled to begin the afternoon of Monday, April 24, 2017 in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Jeff Cooke are the prosecutors.

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4/14 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: April 17, 2017 – April 21, 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

Kalief A. Cummings – 15CR2303, 16CR0367 (Assault in the First Degree [Two Counts], Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Cummings (DOB 12/11/69) was charged with stabbing two sisters who were visiting Louisville for a bachelorette party.  The incident occurred on August 23, 2015, near Fourth and Liberty Streets.  A trial began on April 11, 2017 in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court and the Defendant was found guilty of all charges. The Jury recommended an enhanced sentence of 35 years in prison. Final sentencing is scheduled for May 25, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Ronald Lee Leake– 15CR2801 (Robbery in the First Degree [Three Counts], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Leake (DOB 07/09/65) was charged in connection with a string of business robberies over a thirteen day period in 2015.  On August 31, 2015, while armed with a handgun, the defendant entered the Murphy USA located at 2018 Bashford Manor Lane and demanded the business cash. On September 7, 2015, while armed with a handgun, he entered the Speedway located at 12102 Shelbyville Rd and demanded and received the business cash and then fled the scene. On September 12, 2015, he entered the Speedway located at 2210 Arthur Street and attempted to make a purchase with a counterfeit $100 bill. After the clerk determined the currency was counterfeit, Mr. Leake physically removed it from the victim, and then fled to his vehicle. The clerk attempted to get the license plate number of Mr. Leake’s vehicle when Mr. Leake pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk and told her not to get any closer.  The defendant has had eight prior felony cases resulting in eleven felony convictions. A jury trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, however the Defendant pled guilty the above charges before the trial began.  In exchange for his guilty plea, the Commonwealth recommended a sentence of 21 years in prison. Final sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

Joseph F. Dunn – 15CR1783 & 15CR1793 (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Two Counts], Possession of a Handgun By a Convicted Felon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fleeing or Evading Police in the Second Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.) (Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree- Cocaine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Giving a Police Officer a False Name or Address, Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.)

  • Mr. Dunn (DOB 06/23/85) Pled guilty to the above charges with the amended charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree for the Death if Antwon Willis. On June 18, 2015, the Defendant intentionally shot Antwon Willis during an argument. He then attempted to shot two eyewitnesses. When police came into contact with Mr. Dunn, he ran and threw his weapon. On April 17, 2015, Mr. Dunn was in Beecher Terrace where he had no right to be. Upon officer’s approach, Mr. Dunn threw a bag containing 31 pieces of crack cocaine and told officers his name was Joemarrion Dunn. On April 10, 2017, Mr. Dunn pled guilty to a 30 years sentence. Final Sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Stephany Hunter and Mark Baker are the prosecutors.

ARRAIGNMENTS

Sherrie Egler – 17CR1048 (Assault in the Second Degree, Arson in the Second Degree)

  • Ms. Egler (DOB 06/07/64), is charged with one count of Assault in the second degree and one count of Arson in the second degree. Ms. Egler allegedly shot her fiancé in the leg during a domestic dispute.  When police arrived, the Defendant barricaded herself inside her home and then allegedly set the house on fire while still inside.  Ms. Egler is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Lamondrey Clemons – 16CR3209 (Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree Schedule II Cocaine; Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Signal)

  • On or about March 8, 2016, Mr. Clemons (DOB 02/08/95) was stopped for failing to properly signal a turn.  8.9 grams of crack cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance pursuant to KRS 218A.070, was found in the possession of his passenger.  Mr. Clemons told police he passed it to her upon being stopped.  He did not have a valid operator’s license.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 19, 2017, at 9:15 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Richard Elder is the prosecutor.

James Morris – 15CR0411 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder)

  • James Morris (DOB 10/21/98) is charged with Murder and Criminal Attempt Murder in connection with the Murder of Shavon Ross, a 16 year old female, and Attempted Murder of another victim on November 29, 2014 at 657 South 24thStreet.   A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Monday April 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Shelly Alvey is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Keith Owens – 14CR2597 (Robbery in the First Degree [Eight Counts])

  • Mr. Owens (DOB 03/31/65) is charged with robbing employees of the following businesses over a week and a half period: Speedway  at 2720 Taylorsville Road on 09/17/14, The Blossom Shop at 2218 Bardstown Road on 09/18/14, Graeter’s Ice Cream at 140 Breckenridge Lane on 09/19/14, Graeter’s Ice Cream at 2204 Bardstown Roard on 09/21/14, Café Mimosa at 1543 Bardstown Road on 09/25/14, Barbara Lee’s restaurant at 2410 Brownsboro Road on 09/25/17, Speedway at 1101 Bardstown Road on 09/26/14, and Day’s Coffee at 1420 Bardstown Road on 09/27/14.  A trial is scheduled to begin the afternoon of Monday, April 17, 2017 in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

Joseph Colvin & Lawaun Colvin–16CR004 (Robbery in the First Degree [Two Counts], Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, and Fleeing and Evading the Police First Degree)

  • Joseph and Lawaun Colvin (DOB 03/02/95 and 11/02/96, respectively) are charged with two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property, and one count of Fleeing and Evading the Police in the First Degree.  The incidents occurred on December 28, 2015, at a Circle K located at 5000 Shepherdsville Rd and at a Five Star Food Mart located at 2400 Fern Valley Road.  A trial is tentatively set to begin Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Joshua F. Waldrop is the prosecutor.

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Media Release: INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN LMPD EXPLORER CASES

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: April 12, 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

INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN LMPD EXPLORER CASES

Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Brandon M. Wood charging him with seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree for crimes alleged to have occurred between October 1, 2011 and March 8, 2012.  The Grand Jury recommended a bond of $10,000.00.

The case has been assigned to Division Thirteen of the Jefferson Circuit Court and an arraignment has been scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in that division. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

The Jefferson County Grand Jury also returned an indictment against Kenneth R. Betts charging him with one count of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sodomy in the Third Degree.  The Sodomy in the First Degree charge involves acts alleged to have occurred between April 1, 2007 and September 12, 2007 and the Sodomy in the Third Degree charge involves acts alleged to have occurred on July 26, 2012.  The Grand Jury recommended a bond of $15,000.00 in this case.

This case has been assigned to Division Two of the Jefferson Circuit Court and an arraignment is scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in that division.   Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Foster is also the prosecutor in this case.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine commented on the indictments, stating: “My office was first notified of the allegations against these officers in October 2016 and a report from the Public Integrity Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department regarding their preliminary findings was provided us in February of this year.  I believe that the Public Integrity Unit has conducted a thorough investigation of charges relating to these officers specifically and the LMPD Explorer program generally.  Notwithstanding these indictments, the Public Integrity Unit is continuing its investigation.  We request that any victims as yet unknown to us contact the LMPD Public Integrity Unit at (502)574-2136 or my office at (502)595-2340.”