6/18 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: June 18-June 22, 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

Wathaniel L. Woods – 17CR0935 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun By Convicted Felon, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree Schedule II Cocaine Less Than Four Grams While in Possession of a Firearm, Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia While in Possession of a Firearm, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants – First Offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Operation of a Motor Vehicle by a Person Whose Operator’s License Has Been Revoked, Suspended, Cancelled or Denied, Disregarding Official Traffic Control Device and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Woods (DOB 03/15/80) was charged as a result of incidents occurring on March 28, 2017 which began with the defendant striking the mother of his child with a gun and his flight from responding police officers and culminated with the defendant first striking pedestrian Douglas Morton and soon thereafter striking the police cruiser being driven by LMPD Officer Nick Rodman.  Morton survived serious physical injuries sustained when struck while Officer Rodman died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision.   On Friday, June 15, 2018, Mr. Woods was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crimes. Elizabeth Jones Brown and Justin Janes are the prosecutors.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Christopher Cruz Olivo – 18CR0202 (Murder [three counts], Kidnapping, Criminal Abuse in the First Degree [two counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree [two 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 first pretrial conference is scheduled for June 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

Dawan Mulazim, 14CR2064 (Robbery in the First Degree [two counts], Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Persistent Felony Offender)

  • Mr. Mulazim (08/14/83) and his co-defendant Quincinio Canada pleaded guilty to robbing a Circle K employee and the man buffing the floors after-hours at the Circle K at 1000 Portland Avenue on July 25, 2014.  Officer Ed Johnson was at the intersection of Portland Avenue and 22nd Street, and was able to follow the get-away vehicle, in which the defendants fled from Officer Johnson into Indiana where they were apprehended.  Mr. Canada was sentenced to twenty years in prison, the same sentence contemplated by Mr. Mulazim’s plea.  However, Mr. Mulazim filed a motion to set aside his plea, which was granted by Judge Ann Bailey Smith. Both of these defendants have also been charged with a series of robberies in Lexington, one of which resulted in the murder of a Marine and the assault of his wife, and which took place in the weeks leading up to their apprehension on this Jefferson County case; this capital murder case is currently pending in Fayette County. A final pretrial conference is scheduled for June 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court in contemplation of a July 10 trial date.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Salem Nagdy – 16CR3353 (Kidnapping, Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Stalking in the First Degree, Eavesdropping)

  • Mr. Nagdy (DOB 01/23/71) is charged with the Kidnapping and Attempted Murder of his ex-wife. Throughout the assault, the defendant restrained the victim and struck her in the head requiring 86 staples. Prior to the assault the defendant had stalked and recorded his former wife’s conversations. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Chris Foster and Danielle Yannelli are the prosecutors.

Terrence Downs – 16CR3370 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Downs (DOB 11/20/1992) has been indicted in relation to the shooting death of Ronnie Reed on December 10, 2016 in the 6000 block of Guardian Court.  A jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kristi Gray is the prosecutor.

Kenyatta Chappell – 16CR1739 (Assault in the First Degree)

  • Ms. Chappell (DOB 02/21/94) is charged with stabbing Ronkea Wright on November 24, 2014. Ms. Wright, who was 32 weeks pregnant at the time, suffered a collapsed lung. A Trial is scheduled for June 20, 2018 at 9 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

John Robert Reichle Jr. – 17CR0069 (Arson in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Reichle (DOB 06/20/79) is charged with the arson of a residence located at 3809 Ralph Avenue. Mr. Reichle claimed to have been present at that address when he had an agreement to exchange money for sex with two of the residents. Mr. Reichle is believed to have been the last individual in the home before the fire was ignited. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 19, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel, Lauren Beahl, and Sydney Garrett are the prosecutors.

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6/11 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: June 11-June 15, 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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

On Friday June 1, 2016 Commonwealth’s Attorney, Thomas B. Wine, announced changes to his office infrastructure. Announcing the restructuring, Wine stated: “After 5 ½ years in office I have observed changes in the nature of crimes our office prosecutes and am striving to organize our staff in a manner to best deal with these changes.  With today’s reorganization I hope to more effectively and efficiently prosecute those who commit felony crimes in our community.”

In response to the increase in violent crime in Jefferson County, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has reassigned one of its most experienced prosecutors to the Violent Crimes Unit. This unit was recreated in this office five years ago in an effort to combat the increase in violent crime. What began as a unit of three prosecutors has now grown to a unit of six attorneys, all working tirelessly to prosecute Jefferson County’s most violent criminals.

Further the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has consolidated its three General Trial Divisions into two units. The units are led by and consist of attorneys with a passion for prosecution and who focus their talents on all crimes ranging from economic crimes and thefts to assaults, homicides and robberies.

The Special Victims Unit, formerly referred to as the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit, will continue to prosecute crimes against Jefferson County’s most vulnerable victims. With the addition of one of the area’s most experienced prosecutors, the Special Victims Unit will focus on the prosecution of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

Since their inception, both the Rocket Docket and the Heroin Rocket Docket have helped expedite thousands of criminal cases. Wine has combined the Rocket Docket and Heroin Rocket Docket into a single Rocket Docket Unit which will specialize in handling narcotics cases with a continued emphasis on quickly getting addicts, who are users and not traffickers, out of the criminal justice system and into treatment. Both Rocket Docket and Heroin Rocket Docket prosecutors will be located in the original Rocket Docket office located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice. The centrally located office will be more convenient for law enforcement and defense attorneys and provide better service to the citizens of Jefferson County.

Wine concluded: “While the structure changed, no prosecutors were laid off, only reassigned.  In a time of tight budgets, I must constantly make sure that my office best utilizes the limited resources provided it. It is my sincere belief that this reorganization does that.  What hasn’t changed, however, is the dedication of the office staff and me to playing our part in protecting our community from those persons who would do them harm.”

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Jaaron Wilson – 16CR1066 (Murder)

  • Mr. Wilson (DOB 06/10/94) was charged with the murder of Demarco Durham on March 19, 2015. Mr. Wilson shot Mr. Durham amidst a verbal argument between the two of them. A jury trial began on June 5, 2018 and on June 7, 2018 Mr. Wilson was found guilty of the Murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ebert Haegele and Josh Porter are the prosecutors.

HEARINGS

Salem Nagdy – 16CR3353 (Kidnapping, Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Stalking in the First Degree, Eavesdropping)

  • Mr. Nagdy (DOB 01/23/71) is charged with the Kidnapping and Attempted Murder of his ex-wife. Throughout the assault, the defendant restrained the victim and struck her in the head requiring 86 staples. Prior to the assault the defendant had stalked and recorded his former wife’s conversations. A hearing for pretrial motions is scheduled for June 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. A jury trial is scheduled to begin in that courtroom on June 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Treyshawn Jones – 15CR0822 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence)

  • Mr. Jones (DOB 07/04/92) is charged with the forcible rape, sodomy, and assault of the victim on January 14, 2015. A jury trial is ongoing in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli and Sheri Wornall are the prosecutors.

Cedric Wells & Roy Stone – 14CR0782 (Murder [Complicity], Assault in the First Degree [Complicity], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Complicity], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Wells].

  • Mr. Wells (DOB 08/05/83) and Mr. Stone (DOB 10/12/92) are charged with the March 16, 2014, shooting death of Ashley Thomas which occurred on Esquire Alley near Indi’s restaurant. Following an evening of birthday celebration on a party bus, friction arose and escalated among the revelers, culminating in a drive-by shooting that left one young woman dead and another injured.  A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Critt Cunningham and Emily Lantz are the prosecutors.

Allen Lehmann and Verna Lehmann – 16CR1394 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree [3 Counts – Allen], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [9 Counts- Allen], Facilitation to Rape in the First Degree, Facilitation to Sodomy in the First Degree [3 Counts – Verna], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [3 Counts, Verna])

  • Mr. Lehmann (DOB 06/08/38) is charged with raping, sodomizing, and sexually abusing three girls under the age of twelve.  Ms. Lehmann (DOB 04/15/38) is charged for her involvement in those crimes.  A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on June 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Dorislee Gilbert and Danielle Yannelli are the prosecutors.

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6/4 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: June 4-June 8, 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

Jodie Cecil & Bryan Greenwell – 16CR2034 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Tampering With Physical Evidence)

  • Ms. Cecil (DOB 11/21/78) and Mr. Greenwell (DOB 11/17/76) were charged with the shooting death of Jennifer Cain and the attempted murder of Darrell Wilson that occurred on May 13, 2016. A jury trial began May 21, 2018, and on May 25, 2018 both defendants were found guilty on all counts. Mr. Greenwell was a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree and the jury recommended life in prison. The jury recommended a sentence of 20 years in prison for Ms. Cecil. The case is passed for final sentencing on August 6, 2018 in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Milja Zgonjanin and Corey Taylor are the prosecutors.

Norvin Louis Sprows – 17CR1609 (Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Sprows (DOB 12/07/76) was charged with the Assault of a former acquaintance. On April 1, 2017, the defendant unlawfully entered the victim’s home and assaulted him with wooden sticks and boards, causing the victim to suffer a global fracture to his face and ultimately lose an eye. A jury found Mr. Sprows guilty of all counts and recommend a sentence of 30 years in prison. On May 31, 2018, at final sentencing, the jury verdict was reduced by Judge Mary Shaw, sentencing Mr. Sprows to 20 years in prison. Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

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

  • Mr. Watson (DOB 11/06/94) was found guilty of one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree by a jury on April 25, 2018. Final sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alicia Gomez is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Treyshawn Jones – 15CR0822 (Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence)

  • Mr. Jones (DOB 07/04/92) is charged with the forcible rape, sodomy, and assault of the victim on January 14, 2015. A jury trial is scheduled to being on June 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli and Sheri Wornall are the prosecutors.

Cedric Wells & Roy Stone – 14CR0782 (Murder [Complicity], Assault in the First Degree [Complicity], Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Complicity], Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Wells].

  • Mr. Wells (DOB 08/05/83) and Mr. Stone (DOB 10/12/92) are charged with the March 16, 2014, shooting death of Ashley Thomas which occurred on Esquire Alley near Indi’s restaurant. Following an evening of birthday celebration on a party bus, friction arose and escalated among the revelers, culminating in a drive-by shooting that left one young woman dead and another injured.  A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Critt Cunningham and Emily Lantz are the prosecutors.

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