Jury selection begins for man accused of killing murder trial witness


by WHAS11 editors


Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 12:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Louisville man accused of gunning down a murder witness.

Dejuan Hammond is charged with murder in connection with the death of Troya Sheckles.

Sheckles was gunned down at Shelby Park in 2009 as she was set to testify against Dejuan Hammond's brother, Lloyd Hammond. Lloyd Hammond was accused of killing Sheckles boyfriend, William Sawyers.

Lloyd Hammond was convicted of murder in connection with the killing of Sayers, Kerry Williams and Terrell Cherry.
The Court overturned the convictions based on audio recordings of murder witness Troya Sheckles that were played during Lloyd Hammond’s murder trial. According to the Court’s decision, the recordings were inadmissible because she was dead and unable to testify in person.

Lloyd Hammond pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge Feb. 10, and was sentenced to 10 years after his murder convictions were overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court. He was released from prison days later because he has already served seven and a half years.

Another man, Steven Pettway, has already been convicted for his role in Sheckles' murder.

Pettway was found guilty in May 2013 and sentenced to 55 years.
This is the second time Dejuan Hammond has been charged with Sheckles' murder. His previous case was dismissed because of a lack of witnesses.