Kroger murder suspect faces judge on probation violation charges

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Eighteen-year-old Aaron Cross, the man police believe is connected to the murder of long time St. Matthews employee Jack Combs, faced a judge after being accused of several crimes that violate the terms of his probation.

Cross was placed on probation for three years in May when he turned 18. Cross pleaded guilty to charges of assault under extreme emotional disturbance and wanton endangerment when he was 16-years-old. Cross’ attorney said those charges involved a man, domestic abuse and Cross’ mother.

On Wednesday, Cross was in court because of a robbery involving a liquor store earlier in January. Police say they have Cross on surveillance video and police also said the liquor store owner identified Cross as the robber. Cross has been charged with robbery, fleeing and evading police, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence in that case.

It is believed the weapon used in the liquor store robbery connects Cross to Comb’s murder. According to police, that weapon was found while Cross ran away from police.

The Commonwealth’s office spent Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, arguing  they had more than enough evidence to revoke Cross’ three year probation. The defense argued that while Cross is accused of multiple crimes he hasn’t been convicted.

In the end the judge did revoke Cross’ probation. The pending murder charge against Cross will be presented to a grand jury in February.
 

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