2 charges dropped against Lloyd Hammond in court Tuesday


by WHAS11


Posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 4 at 10:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's an intricate case involving murder and witness intimidation.

On Tuesday, June 4, some of the charges against the accused killer, Lloyd Hammond, were dropped.  Hammond will now only face one murder charge instead of three.

The main witness in Hammond’s case was gunned down before she could testify. Hammond won't face charges for the murders she says she saw.

As Hammond's triple murder trial was set to begin there was a courtroom surprise. Three murder charges reduced down to one and a delay in the trial.

Prosecutors asked for the charges to be dismissed since recorded testimony from their key witness won't be allowed.

That was the main reason the Supreme Court previously reversed Hammond's convictions and why this case is back in court.

Troya Sheckles was murdered in Shelby Park before she could testify against Hammond, his brother Dejuan and his friend Steven Pettway are accused of the crime.

Pettway has already been convicted.

Since Sheckles can't be cross examined, her recorded statements are not admissible.

Now Hammond will only stand trial for the murder of Kerry Williams. Williams’ family was relieved three years ago when they thought this case was wrapped up.

It's been a tough road for Williams family.

While Williams was being prepared for burial a fire bomb was thrown into his funeral home at 22nd and Broadway. It’s another example of the violent nature of this case.

The families of William Sawyers and Terrell Cherry are left with no one answering to their murders.
They thought Hammond would spend the rest of his life in prison for their loss.