Family of murdered woman in shock after murder suspect's case is dismissed


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:15 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A Louisville family is in shock after a murder suspect's case is dismissed.

Their loved one was scheduled to testify against Lloyd Hammond but she was murdered before she could take the witness stand.

Now that family wonders if they will see justice for a young woman gunned down in a local park.

This weekend would have marked Troya Sheckles 32nd birthday.

But instead of planning a birthday celebration they are planning a remembrance as they remain in shock over what happened this week.

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"They expressed fear to the upmost they want to see justice served especially in her memory right now they are in shock more than anything," says family attorney, Derwin Webb.

Attorney Derwin Webb represents the family of Troya Sheckles.

She was gunned down in Shelby Park in March.

Sheckles was a key witness a murder case against Lloyd Hammond and was set to testify this coming December.

And this week was another blow for the family.

"Shock and disappointed in the outcome, and they are looking to have justice at the next opportunity," says Webb.

A witness in another murder case against Lloyd Hammond decided he didn't want to testify.

He says he is concerned for his safety.

Timothy Cross was supposed to be a witness in Hammond's murder case involving the death of Kerry Williams.

But this week he told the court he was scared and invoked his Fifth Amendment right.

"I don't' want to testify I don't wanna be here," said Cross.

"Based on the ruling of Mr. Cross the Commonwealth at this time is going to make a motion to dismiss this count of the indictment at this time," says Tom Van De Rostyne.

And the case was dismissed.

But the concern about the safety of witnesses in these cases is still there.

"We're always concerned for safety of witnesses in every case. We don't want witnesses intimidated or threatened or harmed in any way. That's a concern in any case and that's a concern in this case too," says Tom Van De Rostyne.

Sheckles family hopes the next time Hammond is in court, a witness will be able to tell their story.

Hammond is set to go on trial for the murders of Terrel Cherry and William Sawyers in December.

Hammond remains in jail at Metro Corrections.