Charges dropped against man accused of killing teen in 2011


Posted on July 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 10:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)  -- Charges against a Louisville man accused of killing a teenager in 2011 were dropped in a Jefferson County courtroom Tuesday, an unexpected move that left a Louisville family reeling.

A clerk tells WHAS11 that murder charges were dropped against Roderick Thomas.

Thomas was accused of shooting and killing Cody Cantrell near the 1600 block of Cypress Street on Oct. 6, 2011.

It's another shock for Sharon Cantrell. It's been nearly two years since her grandson was was killed in broad daylight. As she prepared for Thomas' trial, sudden word was given that there won't be one.

“They had all these witnesses; the prosecutor was pretty confident but if you don't have any witnesses what can you do? There's no other physical evidence they never found the gun,” Sharon Cantrell, said.

Sharon Cantrell says those witnesses that saw Cody get shot at the park suddenly backed out. She suspects because of fear of retaliation.

“I feel that his friends betrayed him because they were his friends. They were his friends; they were at my house every day. The one star witness was at my house every day. I feel so betrayed that he couldn't stand up,” Sharon Cantrell, said.

Sharon Cantrell says the family just wants justice.

“I don't want any harm to come to Roderick and his family, but when you do a crime there has to be some kind of consequences to be paid,” Sharon Cantrell, said.

Sharon sees the spot where her grandson Cody was murdered each and every day. She has endured a painful loss not once but twice. Her son, David Cantrell, was murdered in 2009. Throughout it all, she remains strong.

“My faith and God's grace. That's all I can contribute because it's not me. It's definitely not me,” Sharon Cantrell, said. 

“He stood beside me at the wake of his father and held my hand for two hours. During the wake where we were accepting visitors, he stood right beside me. He told me he was there to help me and protect me,” Sharon Cantrell, said.

Prosecutors have not yet told WHAS11 what led to the charges being dropped.