Tempers flare at mistrial hearing for Dejuan Hammond

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 8:30 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Defense attorneys and prosecutors involved in the DuJuan Hammond trial went head to head in court on Friday as the defense team fought to have the case dismissed. 

The hearing came after Hammond’s attorneys filed a motion to have the murder trial, scheduled to begin in August, dismissed. 

Attorney Ted Shouse accused the prosecution of withholding valuable evidence.

“I think he’s being dishonest with the court because the cameras are here to make us look worse than we are,” prosecuting attorney Dorislee Gilbert said. 

Last week a twenty-four page document containing evidence was released to the public. Shouse claims he had no knowledge of this document until he got a call from a media outlet seeking his response. 

“The commonwealth has violated their duties to disclose evidence so many times that they are not to be trusted any longer,” Shouse said during the hearing. 

Hammond is the main suspect in the 2009 murder of Troya Sheckles, who was supposed to testify against Hammond’s brother in a separate case. 

The defense presented their argument today and the presiding judge asked prosecutors to submit a written response by Monday morning before she makes her final ruling. 

 

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