Trial begins Tuesday for 2 men accused of killing Joe McNealy


by Mike Colombo

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 28 at 12:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Louisville men charged with murder will stand trial this week.

It's been just over three years since the men were arrested.

Joe McNealy, 21, was shot and killed on Nov. 28, 2009.

Joe’s family is still mourning, but hope putting Joe’s alleged killers away for good will relieve some of their pain.

When I first met Joe McNealy's family, they were grieving near the very spot Joe was gunned down. I talked with Joe’s brother Menes that day.

"It's crazy. He really does live through his children. I can see the resemblance in what Joe used to do through his kids," Menes McNealy, victim’s brother, said.

Joe's son and daughter, a year older now, continue their late father’s legacy.

"They act just like him. It's crazy. Wild. They never stop moving. They're real smart. I wish he could be here with his kids," Menes said.

Menes McNealy is still coming to grips with his brother’s murder.

"My brother didn't deserve to die. He did what he did, but he didn't deserve to die," Menes said.

Marcus Crook and Steve Bledsoe are the men accused of killing Joe McNealy in Nov. 2009 near Stone Alley in the Russell neighborhood.

The McNealy's say Joe's murder stemmed from an argument. With Crook and Bledsoe's future to be decided by a judge and jury, the McNealy's want something they say has been a long time coming.

Closure has been hard to come by for the McNealy's. There are 11 siblings. Three, including Joe have lost their lives to street violence, all in unrelated incidents.