Two people connected to a notorious murder suspect to go to trial


by Renee Murphy

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two people connected to one of the most notorious accused killers in Louisville will be tried this summer.

They are facing federal charges in a case linked to Ricky Kelly, a man once charged with numerous murders in connection to organized drug crimes.

“We are still a long way away from getting a jury in a box,” Frank Camisano, attorney for Shanion Thurman said. When asked if he believed Ricky Kelly would testify Camisano said, "I would be surprised if Ricky Kelly would testify in any case like this.”

Thurman used to work for the government and is charged with leaking information to Ricky Kelly about witnesses who could testify against him. James Robinson is her co-defendant.

Robinson is accused of getting similar information from Thurman and passing it along to Kelly. Kelly is charged in federal court with one murder and organized crime.

“He wanted to go to trial,” Kelly’s attorney Patrick Renn said.

Kelly's attorney Patrick Renn says despite delays, Kelly would like to see his case set for trial as well. But they are still waiting on one crucial thing.

“Right now this whole case is on hold until the justice department makes a ruling on whether the case should be authorized as a capitol case or a death penalty case,” Renn said.

“He wants his day in court and Ricky Kelly is the one that’s being punished right now,” said Renn. “There in my opinion, there is no chance that Ricky Kelly is going to enter into a plea agreement in any of these charges.”

And when Kelly goes on trial it will cost taxpayers roughly $2 million.

If the case is a death penalty case it could be two years before it heads to trial.  If it is not a death penalty case it could go to trial at the end of this year.