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Weekly Media Release: July 18-July 22, 2016

Attention: Assignment Editor
Assistant 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.


Brice Jamar Rhodes – 16CR1891 (Murder [three counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse [two counts], Receiving Stolen Property)

  • Mr. Rhodes (DOB 9/8/90) is charged with the May 4, 2016, murder of Christopher Jones on the 800 block of 41st Street, and the May 22, 2016, murder of two children, sixteen-year-old Maurice Gordon and fourteen-year-old Larry Ordway, at 763 N. Hite Avenue.  He is also charged with attempting to dispose of evidence related to this case and of attempting to burn the bodies of the victims, which were discovered in the rear of 4028 River Park Drive.  The case was presented to the Grand Jury and an indictment returned on July 13, 2016.  Arraignment is scheduled to occur Monday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.


James M. Spaulding – 16CR0358 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary In the First Degree, Criminal Attempt Burglary In the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment In the First Degree (Four Counts), Tampering With Physical Evidence, Fleeing or Evading Police In the First Degree, Assault In the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree).

  • Mr. Spaulding (DOB 06/16/83) is charged in relation to the shooting death of store employee Denny Davis at the Stop-n-Go Liquor and Convenience Store located at 427 Warnock Street on February 4, 2016.  After shooting Mr. Davis and shooting at another employee in the store, Mr. Spaulding fled the store and attempted to unlawfully enter nearby residences. When he could not get into the residences, he fired the gun into one of the residences and endangered the lives of several people inside. He was eventually arrested in the middle of Interstate 65 South after he led law enforcement on a chase after fleeing the Warnock Street area.  Mr. Spaulding is scheduled to be in court for a pretrial conference on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Stacy Greive and Alex Gaddis are the prosecutors.

John Zachery Ganobcik – 16CR0286 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree).

  • Mr. Ganobcik (DOB 10/24/88) is charged in relation to the events surrounding his attack upon a female leaving her downtown place of employment at approximately 6:00 p.m. on January 26, 2016.  These offenses occurred in the parking Garage located at 425 South 5th Street. Mr. Ganobcik is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference. Stacy Greive and Joshua Waldrop are the prosecutors.