3rd suspect arrested in 15-year-old's murder, family renews call for special prosecutor

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 6:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The family of a 15-year-old boy murdered earlier in April, in south Louisville, is renewing a request for a new prosecutor in the case.

Monday, police announced they've arrested the third suspect in the murder of Gregory Holt. U.S. Marshals arrested Cannon Pendergrass.
 
WHAS11 News has learned that Pendergrass spent Monday afternoon being interrogated by LMPD Homicide Detectives after hiding from authorities for several days.
 
"This is an innocent child. His life ain't even began," Teri Tharpe said.
 
Tharpe says the system failed her 15-year-old cousin Gregory Holt.
 
Holt was found shot to death in his bedroom nearly two weeks ago.
 
Three suspects have been charged, including Anthony Hogan, Cannon Pendergrass and James Mallory.
 
Tharpe, whose own son was murdered four years ago, says Mallory should have never been free to commit the crime, since he was in prison for multiple felonies, before receiving shock probation.
 
Mallory sent a letter to Commonwealth's Attorney David Stengel in January, saying he had "bombshell evidence" in multiple cases.
 
He agreed to serve as a "jailhouse snitch" in exchange for freedom, but in the first case he agreed to testify in, Mallory claimed never to have provided information to prosecutors.
 
Circuit Judge Charles Cunningham, in an order issued in another case Friday, said Mallory should have never been released.
 
Tharpe has asked Stengel to ask for a special prosecutor in the case.


 

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