65 year sentence for Lloyd Hammond in 2006 murder case

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Media Release: February 5, 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY —   On Monday, February 5, 2018 a Jefferson County jury fixed a sentence of 65 years in the trial of Lloyd Hammond for the murders of William Sawyers and Terrell Cherry.

The charges arose out of the June 3, 2006 burglary by Hammond and Cherry of an apartment occupied by William Sawyers and Troya Sheckles.  During the burglary Hammond shot and killed Sawyers.  Hammond was also charged with murdering Cherry later that same day, apparently fearing that Cherry would implicate him in Sawyers’ murder.    The jury convicted Hammond of Wanton Murder in the death of Sawyers and Criminal facilitation to Murder in the death of Cherry.  The jury also found Hammond guilty of Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment and Retaliation against a Participant in the Legal Process.  The jury directed that the sentences on each of these charges run consecutively for a total sentence of 65 years.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for April 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine stated:  “While justice was delayed in this case, it ultimately was not denied.  This case, which was originally indicted in 2006, has twice been before the Kentucky Supreme Court with regard to the admissibility of testimony of Troya Sheckles, a witness to the Sawyers’ murder who was herself later murdered to prevent her from testifying against Hammond.   We prevailed on our appeal and were able to introduce recorded testimony of Sheckles in this trial.   This case is a perfect example of the determination of our prosecutors to see that justice be obtained for victims in our community.”

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Frank Dahl was the lead prosecutor in this case and he was assisted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kirk Rose.  This case was investigated by multiple members of the LMPD Homicide Unit.

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Jeff Cooke
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
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