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Media Release: LMPD Detective Indicted for Perjury

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: January 21, 2021

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Louisville Metro Police Department Detective John David Green charging him with two counts of Perjury in the First Degree as a result of his having knowingly given material false testimony in a probable cause hearing in Jefferson District Court in October 2018 and in a presentation to a Jefferson County grand jury in November 2018.   In August 2018 Green had been assigned to investigate an employee theft at a local McDonald’s restaurant and ended up charging a McDonald’s employee for the theft.   In giving testimony against that employee Green stated that he had watched hours of store surveillance video which showed that the person charged was responsible for the theft.  Once the case had been indicted and the surveillance video reviewed by the defense, it was obvious that a different employee had committed the theft.  While Green believed he had charged the correct person, it is alleged that Green charged the employee without actually having watched the store surveillance video as he had testified and had he actually watched the video he would have known that he had charged the wrong person. 

 Green faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

The case has been assigned to Division One of Jefferson Circuit Court and Green is expected to be formally arraigned there on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.  Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Drabenstadt are the prosecutors.

Media Release: Grand Jury Declines to Indict Protester

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: December 16, 2020

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

In October 2020, following a preliminary hearing in Jefferson District Court, a Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree charge against Robin Marie Crandal Ash was referred to the Jefferson County Grand Jury.

Today, after a presentation of the case by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, the Jefferson County Grand Jury declined to return an indictment against Ms. Ash.  After a review of the facts and applicable law, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office recommended that Ms. Ash not be indicted on this charge.  The recommendation resulted from the fact that there was insufficient evidence to rebut claims of self-protection and protection of others beyond a reasonable doubt.  Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 503 provides the statutory authority for self-protection and protection of others defenses in cases involving the use of physical force or deadly physical force.

The charge arose from an incident occurring during September 18, 2020 protests taking place near the intersection of Shelbyville Road and Hurstbourne Parkway where Ash was alleged to have pointed a handgun at a motorist. The case was presented to the Grand Jury by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Olberding.

Media Release: Criminal Trials Continue Despite COVID Pandemic

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: October 29, 2020

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

After a three day trial, a jury in Division Eight of Jefferson Circuit Court has convicted Antoine Offutt for the September 11, 2017 robbery of the Thornton’s Gas Station located on 1501 Dixie Highway.  The testimony presented at trial told how Offutt entered the gas station, and immediately ran behind the checkout counter and ordered the clerks to “Give me everything you got”. All three victims/employees, who were all standing behind the counter, hesitated due to fear.  After two of them got past him, the defendant became more agitated and pulled out a knife, grabbed Victim 1 by the arm, put his knife up to her stomach, and stated, “OPEN IT UP BEFORE I KILL YOU!!” Victim 1 opened the register and the defendant removed business cash from inside the register till. After obtaining business cash, the defendant fled on foot.   A patron followed the defendant to the 2100 block of West Hill Street, where he subsequently flagged down a responding officer. Offutt was identified and immediately taken into custody. At time of arrest, Offutt threw down two knives- one of which was used in the robbery; all in an attempt to conceal evidence of the crime. Offutt had the stolen business cash on his possession, and was wearing the same clothing as observed in the businesses’ surveillance video, at time of arrest.

The jury found Offutt guilty but mentally ill to the offences of Robbery in the First Degree (1 count) Robbery in the Second Degree (2 counts), Tampering with Physical Evidence and being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.  Today the jury recommended a sentence of twenty years.

Final sentencing is set for December 16, 2020.

Following the trial Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Elizabeth Jones Brown commended the jurors for serving the community and assuring that victims receive justice despite the health concerns presented by the COVID pandemic.  She also complimented Judge McKay Chauvin for insuring that the trial was conducted in such a manner that all participants were kept safe and treated fairly. 

Joining Ms. Jones Brown as prosecutor was Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lashae Richie. 

8/31 response to Facebook posts: Re Taylor & Glover case

OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

Statement by Thomas B. Wine in response to August 31, 2020 Facebook posts by Sam Aguiar: Re Breonna Taylor as Co-Defendant in the Jamarcus Glover case.

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Media Release: Commonwealth v. Kenneth Walker

OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: May 22, 2020

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027

The full video of today’s press conference is available on WLKY: Commonwealth’s attorney recommends dismissing Kenneth Walker case for now.

https://www.wlky.com/article/commonwealths-attorney-recommends-dismissing-kenneth-walker-case-for-now-breona/32645058

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