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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Media Release: March 9-13, 2020
Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
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.
B. Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office will
be participating in the 4th Annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy from
March 1 to March 14, 2020. The Food Frenzy is a statewide fund drive
competition among Kentucky law firms, law schools and legal organizations to
support the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.
campaign is sponsored by the office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the
Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
700,000 Kentuckians, including more than 200,000 children, struggle with hunger.
Yet only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced
lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer
months. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to provide a much-needed supply of
resources to Kentucky’s food bank network to meet increased demand during the
summer months when schools are closed. Last year over 1,800 attorneys licensed
in Kentucky competed for the grand prize, the Attorney General’s Cup. Frost
Brown Todd, LLC won the competition by raising the equivalent of 42,315 pounds
of food. The Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office topped the
charts for Government and Public Service, raising the equivalent of 40,076
pounds of food.
Every $1 contributed will count as 8 pounds of food for the competition. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will be collecting donations. To learn more please contact Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Madison Shoffner at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit KyFoodFrenzy.com. Online donations are welcomed and encouraged at https://kyfoodfrenzy.com/donate/. Please be sure to note Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office – Jefferson County as the Designated Organization.
Scott Patrick Kennedy – 17CR1429 (Murder,
Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Assault in the Second Degree,
Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First
Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree)
Kennedy (DOB 10/18/67) was charged with the shooting death of Mr. Michael Bosse
that occurred on May 6, 2017. On May 9, 2017, Mr. Kennedy was apprehended on
the Lincoln Bridge after leading the police on a high speed chase. A Jury Trial
began on March 3, 2020 and concluded the following week by the Jury convicting
Mr. Kennedy of all charges. The Jury recommended a Life Sentence for his
crimes. Final Sentencing is scheduled for April 16, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. in
Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Milja Zgonjanin is the prosecutor.
Carlos D. James-
19CR0178 (Trafficking in Opiates (10 Dosage
Units or More), Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia)
James (04/17/90) entered a guilty plea the above charges on March 2, 2020. The
Commonwealth will be recommending a 10 year sentence to serve at Final Sentencing,
which is scheduled for April 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson
Circuit Court. Ebert Haegele is the prosecutor.
Brandon A. Johnson – 18CR1385 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by a
Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence,
Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)
Johnson (DOB 11/08/90) was indicted in connection with the April 28, 2018
killing of Mr. Dwayne Sensley in the vicinity of the 1700 block of St. Louis
Avenue. A pretrial conference was conducted March 5, 2020 and a Jury Trial date
is currently scheduled for April 20, 2020. Prior to trial, the Court is
expected to rule on the Defendant’s motions to dismiss the charges against him,
in which he claims immunity from prosecution and argues that Kentucky’s law
against Receiving Stolen Firearms is unconstitutionally vague. The Commonwealth
objects to both contentions. A final pretrial conference will be held on April
15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in advance of the Jury Trial scheduled for April 20,
2020 in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Kaleb Noblett is the prosecutor
Hardin – 18CR3431 (Murder, Tampering with
Physical Evidence, Fleeing or Evading Police)
- Mr. Hardin (DOB 01/10/95) is charged with the November 15, 2018
shooting death of Dewayne Davis in the Shively neighborhood. A pretrial
conference is scheduled for March 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 2 of
Jefferson Circuit Court. Josh Porter and Elizabeth Jessee are the prosecutors.
Hood, Jr. – 20CR0355 (Murder, Fetal Homicide in the First Degree)
- Mr. Hood (DOB 03/29/86) is charged with the November 27, 2019 shooting death of Kayla Smith outside her home. At the time of her death, Ms. Smith was in her third trimester of pregnancy. A pretrial conference is scheduled for March 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.
Daniel Avis – 19CR3373 (Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon,
Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, and Theft by Unlawful Taking under
Avis (DOB 01/28/88) is charged with entering the Cash Saver at 501 Mt Holly
Road and selecting merchandise from the store, passing all points of sale
without paying for the merchandise on October 3, 2019. On that same day, while
on Farmers Lane and National Turnpike, Mr. Avis pulled up next to a woman’s car
and pointed a handgun at the woman. Mr. Avis then stopped his vehicle and
approached the woman. He accused her of kidnapping his girlfriend and waved the
handgun around erratically creating a substantial danger of death or serious
physical injury to the woman. The woman was a stranger to Mr. Avis. Mr. Avis is
a convicted felon. A first Pretrial Conference was held on March 10, 2020 and a
second Pretrial Conference is scheduled for May 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in
Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Wessel is the prosecutor.
Rhodes – 16CR1891
(Murder [Three Counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse
[Two Counts], Receiving Stolen Property)
- Mr. Rhodes (DOB 09/8/90) is charged with the May 4, 2016, murder of Christopher Jones on the 800 block of 41st Street, and the May 22, 2016, murder of two children, sixteen-year-old Maurice Gordon and fourteen-year-old Larry Ordway, at 763 N. Hite Avenue. He is also charged with attempting to dispose of evidence related to this case and of attempting to burn the bodies of the victims, which were discovered in the rear of 4028 River Park Drive. In addition to these charges, Mr. Rhodes is also indicted in case number 16CR3045 on charges of Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process and Terroristic Threatening in the Third Degree. A Pretrial Conference was held on March 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and a Jury Trial is currently scheduled for July 31, 2020 in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.
William T. Truss –
12CR1417 (Murder [Two Counts])
Truss (DOB 06/14/68) is charged in connection to the murders of Menchester Bray
and Derek Slade on April 29th 2012. A Pretrial Conference is
scheduled for March 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit
Court. Ebert Haegele is the prosecutor.
Steven Richard Guy & Tiffany Rene Taylor – 19CR1260 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnapping, Trafficking in Marijuana (More than 8 Ounces), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, Tampering with Physical Evidence
Guy (DOB 01/21/94) and Ms. Taylor (DOB 07/28/88) are charged with the April 25,
2019 shooting death of Charles Johns on West Market Street. A pretrial
conference was held on March 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and a hearing on the
defendants’ competency to stand trial will be held on May 4, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.
in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Josh Porter and Andrew Daley are the
Williams Harris –
19CR2501 (Assault in
the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a
Convicted Felon, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Two Counts],
Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but Less than $10,000, Fleeing or Evading
Police in the First Degree (Motor Vehicle), Fleeing or Evading Police in the
Second Degree, Disregarding a Traffic Control Device, Disregarding a Stop Sign)
Harris (DOB 12/22/80) while already wanted by police on Murder charges from
events occurring on July 11th, 2019, engaged in additional serious
crimes under this second indictment: On July 23rd 2019, he lured a
victim to an off-ramp near 64 exit 17.
The victim believed he was helping put gas in the defendant’s vehicle
which was pulled off to the roadside. Harris’ vehicle was in fact stolen. However, once the good Samaritan was at the
scene, he was struck in the head by the defendant who then pointed a handgun at
him and robbed him of his car. Accomplices then drove off in the truck leaving
the victim both injured and stranded.
Then on July 29th, 2019, while the defendant was driving the stolen
vehicle, police observed him and initiated their emergency equipment. Harris
refused to stop. In flight, he steamed through stop signs and red lights with
impunity. As Harris plowed through the intersection of Garland Avenue/Louis
Coleman Jr. Drive he struck a civilian vehicle traveling southbound with a
green light. The defendant struck the
driver’s side door causing the innocent driver to be fully ejected from his
vehicle. Meanwhile, the defendant, still
not yet done running, fled from the police on foot and after a foot chase was
eventually detained. The victims were taken immediately to the University of
Louisville Hospital Emergency Room where it was determined that the driver had
serious and life-threatening physical injury.
The first pretrial conference for Mr. Harris is Wednesday, March 11th,
2020, at 10:00 am in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 1. A Jury Trial is
currently scheduled for May 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. also in Division 1. Critt
Cunningham is the prosecutor.
Michelle Sarvis –
19CR2948 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, tampering with
Sarvis (DOB 11/27/62) is charged in connection to the murder of Kevin Hellems
on October 11, 2019 at 3219 Pomeroy Drive. A Pretrial Conference was held on
March 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. and an additional Pretrial Conference is scheduled
for May 18, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Ebert
Haegele is the prosecutor.