7/30 Media Release

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Media Release: July 30 – August 3, 2018

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.


Henry Junie Crawford – 18CR2145 (Rape in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree)

  • Mr. Crawford (DOB 11/6/64) is charged with raping and assaulting a female victim on August 30, 1983.  The sexual assault kit in this case was tested as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program.  Arraignment is scheduled for July 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Ryane Conroy is the prosecutor.


Mr. Robert Mitchell and Ms. Stephanie Smith – 17CR2122 & 17CR2554 (Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in Sexual Performance, Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree – Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor [2 counts])

  • Mr. Mitchell (DOB 10/13/73) and Ms. Smith (07/22/86) are charged with encouraging a minor to engage in a sexual performance. The two posted an ad to Craigslist in search of a young girl to perform sexual activities. An undercover agent responded and set up a meeting. When the defendants arrived to the meeting, they had their two minor children inside their vehicle and were in possession of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. A pretrial conference is scheduled for August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.


John Christopher Claunch & Joseph Tatum-Green – 18CR0427 & 18CR2157 (Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon [Claunch], Receiving Stolen Firearm [Both], Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree [Claunch])

  • Mr. Claunch (DOB 01/26/92) and Mr. Tatum-Green (DOB 05/19/95) are charged with knowingly possessing a stolen firearm.  Mr. Claunch is a convicted felon who also possessed another—not stolen—handgun.  A jury trial is scheduled to begin on July 30, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Corey Taylor and Sydney Garrett are the prosecutors.

William Mattingly– 15CR3102 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mattingly (DOB 05/09/75) is charged in connection with the November 13, 2015, strangulation death of Thomas Grismer in a hotel room at the Red Roof Inn located at 4704 Preston Highway. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Stacy Greive and Chris Foster are the prosecutors.