Tensions run high during murder arraignment


by Renee Murphy


Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 8:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was a tense day in court as two families come face to face in a volatile murder case. Emotions were so high the judge even warned the families not to interfere in the court proceedings.

Billy Richardson was arraigned in Louisville Monday afternoon. Police say he and Jerard Garrett killed Kenneth Forbes Jr. in Shively outside a shopping center in December.

After Monday’s arraignment the families had to be separated by sheriff’s deputies. Some family members say their first meeting turned into threats.

“We not making threats towards them. They keep making threats towards us saying they gonna shoot us,” the mother of murder suspect Billy Richardson said.

“That’s gonna be natural when you have a case like this. Tension is going to be displayed from both families. We all have to learn to accept the process. Monday is the first day of the healing process,” Kenneth Forbes Sr., victim’s father said.

Forbes' father is devastated by the loss of his son and says the shooting should be a sign for the community to come together.

“This is what we are gonna continue to have just disruption just violence that’s continuing to plague our city,” Forbes Sr. said.

The suspect's family has their own message.

“My son did not do this. I know they want justice but I want justice for my child as well,” Billy Richardson’s mother said.

The judge at the hearing gave specific instructions. Especially to those who wore T-shirts saying the courts should free the suspects.

“What you can't do is wear shirts that tell me what to do,” Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin said. “You all are welcome to observe but you may not participate in any way shape or form. A lot of emotion. I get it, but you all have to be respectful of this process and have to be respectful of each other.”