7/25 Weekly Media Release

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Weekly Media Release: July 25-July 29, 2016

Attention: Assignment Editor
Assistant Director of Communications: Critt Cunningham
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3120
Cell / Text: (502) 380-7080
E-mail: ccunningham@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.


Christopher Allen – 15CR1646 (Robbery in the Second Degree, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Defendant Allen (DOB 02/26/73) went to trial concerning a 4/21/15 incident where he was inside of victim’s home at the time of the offense; he had known the victim for a period of time.  The defendant threatened force against the older female victim. He caused some injury to victim as he attempted wrestle her into submission and to bind her hands with telephone cord so that he could accomplish the theft.  He then took the victim’s money, jewelry, and ID card.  The trial took place in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 8.  On Wednesday, July 20th, the defendant was found guilty of Robbery in the Second by Jury Verdict and resolved the penalty stage.  He was sentenced to a period of Thirteen Years to be served consecutive to the defendant’s previously imposed Eight Year sentence for which he had been on parole at the time of this offense.  Emily Cecil and Critt Cunningham were the prosecutors.


William Rembert Rhodes- 16CR1976 (Rape in the First Degree)

  • Rhodes (DOB 06/04/62) has been indicted in relation to a July 21 2016 incident. The victim who had been unconscious awoke to see the defendant on top of her having sex and the victim’s brother who had entered the room, began yelling and fighting with the defendant in the bedroom. After being confronted, the defendant fled.  The victim called 911 immediately and had a SAFE exam performed at UL Hospital. The case was arraigned in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 13 on Friday, July 22, 2016.  The first pretrial conference is set for September 1, 2016 at 9:45 am.  Stacy Grieve is the Prosecutor.


Christopher L. McCullum – 15CR0968   (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. McCullum (DOB 2/21/72) is charged in connection with the February 21, 2015, shooting death of Mukhtar Ahmad on I-71.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Division Seven of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.

Aron Ballard and Anthony Foster – 16CR1051 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Six Counts])

  • Mr. Ballard (DOB 12/18/93) and Mr. Foster (DOB 9/30/90) are charged in complicity in relation to a shooting that occurred on April 2, 2016 at 2129 Bolling Avenue. The defendants fired multiple shots at the victims, Lottie Eicher and Rodriq Buchannon, in an attempt to kill these individuals.  As a result of the defendants’ actions, Rodriq Buchannon was shot multiple times and suffered serious physical injury.  Lottie Eicher was also shot and died as a result of her injuries.  2129 Bolling Avenue was occupied by six persons, who were all on the first floor of the house when the defendants were shooting.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Cecil is the prosecutor.

David T. Satterfield, Jr. – 14CR0326   (Murder)

  • Mr. Satterfield (DOB 12/28/79) is charged in connection with the August 6, 2007, death of Ms. Marcelline Vale at the Parkway Medical Center.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Division Nine of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.


Bryan E. Harper – 15CR2583 (Torture of a Dog or Cat Resulting in Serious Physical Injury or Death; Terroristic Threatening in the Third Degree).

  • On May 17, 2015, Mr. Harper (DOB 12/20/1971) was found to be in possession of a Rottweiler dog that was suffering with broken bones and wounds that were infected severely with maggots.  Mr. Harper refused to allow Louisville Metro Animal Control to take custody of the dog, stating that he would rather let the dog lay there and die than let Animal Control take him.  Mr. Harper threatened to kill the Animal Control Officer if she did not leave his house and if she tried to take his dog.  Jury Trial is scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alex Gaddis is the prosecutor.

Coretta Thomas – 14CR0639 (Assault in the Third Degree [Two Counts]; Resisting Arrest; Illegal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Ms. Thomas (DOB 01/10/95) on 10/28/13 was passenger in vehicle stopped for reckless driving. She became combative and would not answer questions.  She was told to stay in the vehicle and as officer walked away she opened the door. The defendant was again told to stay in vehicle and officer went to close the door.   She kicked the door open hitting officer with it and punching him in the eye with her fist.   She punched, bit and kicked officer.  She was pregnant and could not be taken to the ground.  The defendant elbowed another officer in the nose.  The Officer got the defendant’s hands behind her back and she was taken into custody.  Subsequent search found a bag of controlled substance that the defendant had pulled out of her pocket. Jury Trial began last Wednesday and Jury has entered deliberations as of 7/25/16 in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 1.  Emily Cecil and Ryane Conroy are the Prosecutors.