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Weekly Media Release: March 6, 2017 – March 10, 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.


William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber, Duwan Mason – 15CR1328 (Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree (4 Counts))

  • Mr. McLemore (DOB 07/24/95), Mr. Tramber (DOB 11/16/94), and Mr. Mason (DOB 10/13/86) were charged in relation to a shooting that killed 16-month-old Ne’Rhiah Miller on August 27, 2014. The defendants approached the front porch of a home located on South 37th Street where the victims were congregated and opened fire against them. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, all three defendants were found guilty of the above charges. The jury recommended a sentence of 35 years in prison each for Mr. McLemore and Mr. Mason, while Mr. Tramber will receive a 20 year sentence. Final sentencing is scheduled for April 28th, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryane Conroy is the prosecutor.

Corey Quantez Chapman – 16CR0219 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon)

  • Mr. Chapman (DOB 01/13/82) was charged for the shooting death of Leontynae Wade, the mother of his children. This shooting occurred in the street at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Peachtree Avenue in front of the couple’s young son and the victim’s cousin.  Mr. Chapman is a convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing a handgun.   On Friday, March 3, 2017 the defendant was found guilty of Murder and subsequently entered a guilty plea to the charge of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Adrienne Henderson is the prosecutor.

John D. Pierce and Anthony Lee Crockett – 16CR0489 (Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor [Twenty Counts, Crockett][One Count, Pierce])

  • Mr. Pierce (DOB 08/10/76) entered a plea of guilty to possessing one item of child pornography.  Mr. Crockett (DOB 10/31/56) entered a plea of guilty to possessing twenty (20) items of child pornography.  The Kentucky State Police led the investigation.  The Commonwealth is recommending four (4) years for Mr. Pierce and seven (7) years for Mr. Crockett in exchange for their guilty plea.  Final Sentencing has been set for Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:15 am, in Jefferson County Circuit Courtroom Division 13. Courtney Straw is the prosecutor.

Jeffrey Stine – 15CR0823 (Robbery in the First Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500)

  • Mr. Stine (DOB 07/24/91) was found guilty of robbing victim on January 11, 2015.  Two others that were charged in connection with these offenses previously pled guilty, have been sentenced, and testified at trial.  The trial was held last week with a jury returning a guilty verdict on the 2 above felony charges on, February 24, 2017, in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. The jury further deliberated on punishment and have recommended a sentence of 14 years.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey and Mauricus Lofton are the prosecutors.

Carl Jackson – 16CR0091 (Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree (Methamphetamine more than 2 Grams), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia while in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm)

  • On October 11, 2016, Mr. Jackson (DOB 01/03/71) pled guilty to the above charges for which the Commonwealth recommended a total of 10 years in prison. The defendant was finally sentenced on March 1, 2017, in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court to 10 years to serve in the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Amanda Hernandez was the prosecutor.


Timothy Shane Singer – 17CR0581 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. Singer (DOB 03/01/1994) was indicted on March 2, 2017. He is charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of Mr. Nicholas Morris on February 17, 2017. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor.


Whitney Hanlon – 16CR2597 (Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree-Methamphetamine)

  • Ms. Hanlon (DOB 09/04/97) was stopped by police for operating a motor vehicle without an illuminated license plate.  Ms. Hanlon admitted to officers that a bag of drugs was under her seat.  Kentucky State Police laboratory results confirmed the presence of 0.973 grams of pure, uncut Methamphetamine.  The defendant is scheduled for pre-trial conference on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Josh Porter is the prosecutor.

James Anthony Taylor- 17CR0243 (Burglary in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Taylor (DOB 07/27/89) is charged with a home invasion which occurred at 1732 Wilson on October 28th of 2016.  The defendant, armed with a handgun, forced his way in through the back door, pistol whipped the victim, and left with property.   Mr. Taylor is also the defendant in pending case 16CR3152 where he is charged with: Murder, Robbery, and Burglary.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for March 8 at 9:00 in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 12.  Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.

Isaiah Hayes and Destiny Rhodes- 16CR2025 (Robbery in the First Degree [9 counts])

  • Mr. Hayes (DOB 11/19/93) and Ms. Rhodes (DOB 06/05/96) are charged with committing multiple business robberies between June 26, 2016, and July 22, 2016, at Walgreens Stores throughout Jefferson County.   A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.