9/12 Weekly Media Release

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Weekly Media Release: September 12-September 16, 2016

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.


Phillip Dale Anderson – 14CR2163

  • On May 19, 2014, victim disclosed the defendant who was his teacher and coach at St. Raphael Catholic School sexually abused him when he was 11 – 14 years old.  As a result of a trial which concluded last week, the defendant was found guilty of Criminal Attempt Sodomy in the First Degree (Two Counts), Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (Two Counts). After finding him guilty the jury recommended a penalty of Ten Years.  The trial occurred in Jefferson County Courtroom Division 6.  Alicia Gomez and Adrienne Henderson were the prosecutors.


Carlos Lagantta – 13CR2958 (Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and Persistent Felony offender in the First Degree.

  • Mr. Lagantta (DOB 10/24/78) is being tried in connection with a September 30, 2013 home invasion. Police responded on two victims Jennifer Dugan and Artis Brown being shot during a home invasion by Lagantta and an unidentified co-defendant. Lagantta forced Dugan into residence at gunpoint and took her cell phone.  He then demanded that victim give up guns and property in the house.  He forced Dugan upstairs where Brown was standing; and then fired at Brown striking him in the forearm.  Brown fired a gun back and Dugan was also struck by a bullet.  At a later time that night, Lagantta, called 911 saying he had been shot but gave a different story as to how his injury had occurred.  Jennifer Dugan gave a partial visual identification and an auditory identification matching the defendant. The trial began last week in Jefferson County Courtroom Division 4 and the jury went out after closings today Monday, September 12, 2016. Elizabeth Jones Brown and Jeff Cooke are the prosecutors.

Quinton Huddleston – 14CR1620 (Murder, Attempted Murder, Violation of an Emergency Protective Order , Wanton endangerment in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree.)

  • Mr. Huddleston (DOB 9/09/91) is being tried in connection with a June 16, 2014 incident. At approximately 1049 hours victim Tanisha Gordon was leaving to take her three year-old son to daycare. As she opened the door from her hallway approaching the stairs, the defendant Quinton Huddleston jumped out on her and forced her and the child back to the apartment at gunpoint. He asked her if anyone was there and she told him no. She was trying to hide her child and begged the suspect not to kill her. The  victim’s  brother Joshua  Gordon  came out  from the rear  bedroom and  when  the assailant  saw  him, he chased  him back to the room and shot  him in the chest. The assailant returned to the front of the apartment where Tanisha Gordon attempted to strike him with baseball bat. He took the bat away from her and said, “You shouldn’t have done that” and began to beat her about her face with his fist while the gun was still in his hand. When able, she ran to her brother’s room and saw that he was unresponsive. Her son followed her. She went back down the hall with her son behind her against the wall. The assailant then pointed the gun at her face and pulled the trigger striking her in the face. The victim’s son was behind her at the time of the shooting. The assailant then fled the scene on foot after taking Tanisha’s cell phone. Victim grabbed her son and walked down the hall banging on neighbor’s doors begging for help. A neighboring apartment owner assisted   her and called 911. Joshua Gordon was pronounced dead on the scene while Tanisha Gordon was taken to University in critical condition. She underwent facial reconstructive surgery as a result of her injuries.  At the time of the shooting, the suspect had an active Domestic Violence Order issued against him. The Capital Murder Trial is set to begin today, Monday, September 12, 2016 in Jefferson County Courtroom Division 7. Chris Foster and Danielle Yannelli are the prosecutors.

James Mallory – 12CR1317 (Capital Murder, Burglary in the Third Degree [Three Counts])

  • Mr. Mallory (DOB 6/16/93) is being charged in connection with an April 11, 2012, homicide at 1606 Clover Street. Police were notified a shooting had occurred and upon arrival, the victim; 15 year old Gregory Holt, was found in his home deceased with multiple gunshot wounds. An investigation revealed the three defendants unlawfully forced entry to the apartment and shot the victim multiple times. James Mallory and Anthony Hogan were arrested on 04/16/2012. The trial for Mr. Mallory is scheduled to begin Monday, September 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 12. Ryane Conroy and Madison Shoffner are the prosecutors.

George Gonzalez – 09CR3269 (Murder, Burglary in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Two Counts])

  • Mr. Gonzalez (DOB 10\15\88) was previously sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury trial on a previous murder case in July of 2011 in case 09CR2528.  In this current case he is charged in connection with a cold case murder from February 7, 2008 at 216 S. 21st Street.  A Trial is scheduled for Monday, September 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 3.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey and Stephany Hunter are the prosecutors.