Family of murdered teen calls for removal of Commonwealth's Attorney


by Gene Kang

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 5:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The family of a 15-year-old shot to death in his Clover Street apartment said the teen's murder could have been prevented.

Terri Tharpe said she will not remain silent. Her cousin, Gregory Holt, was gunned down last week in his own bedroom. Still no motive from police.
Now the family said they want the Commonwealth's Attorney removed from the case. They said they are calling for the removal because one of the murder suspects, James Mallery, was granted freedom after writing a letter to prosecutors.

According to the letter, Mallery offered to testify against John "Hot Boy" Jones now on trial for attempted murder. That deal put Mallery back on the streets.

Tharpe said that decision was the fatal mistake.

"We have asked Jack Conway to take over the case and asked Tom VandeRostyne to resign," Tharpe said.

Tharpe said her own son was murdered almost four years ago right before he was headed to UK on a scholarship. She said they won't stop the fight until Attorney General Jack Conway takes over.

In the meantime, we asked a tough question.

Did Holt's own mother and family possibly put the teenager in danger?

Holt's mother told WHAS 11 News she went to Kroger at 1:30 in the morning last week only to find her son shot to death in their apartment.

Gene Kang asked: "Can you clear the mother's name of all this?"

Christopher 2X with Fight Crimes Against Children said: "Let me say this. I know the mom. We have to go on what she told the media and LMPD. They're not going to reveal that right now."
Tharpe responded: "No disrespect but you constantly keep on asking to clear the mom's name. What this interview is about is why James Mallery got out. That's what this press conference is about."

More than a week after the teen's murder, detectives have not revealed a motive. But it is clear in a letter the family wants the Attorney General to take over and for the Commonwealth's Attorney to step aside.