Steven Pettway found guilty of killing Troya Sheckles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville jury convicts a man of murdering a witness who was to testify in another case.
Steven Pettway was found guilty in the March 2009 shooting death of Troya Sheckles at Shelby Park.
WDRB was there today as that guilty verdict came down.
The jury deliberated for four hours Wednesday afternoon.
Pettway was found guilty of murder and intimidation.
"That man, ladies and gentleman, you'll find him guilty of the murder of Troya Sheckles," said Prosecutor Elizabeth Jones Brown.
Steven Pettway sat in the courtroom, showing no emotion when the verdict came down.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are staying quiet until after sentencing, which is expected Thursday morning.
"We'll talk when it's all over but not until after the penalty phase," said Jones Brown.
"Obviously we're disappointed but we respect the jury's verdict," said Defense Attorney Peter Schuler.
Pettway and Dejuan Hammond, are charged in connection with the March 2009 shooting death of Troya Sheckles at Shelby Park.
Sheckles was an eyewitness to another murder involving Hammond's brother Lloyd.
She had agreed to testify against him after prosecutors had her swear before a judge that she would show up for his trial.
"It was his intention to influence her testimony or to induce her not to testify and that's what he did by killing her before she could testify," Jones Brown told the jury.
Sheckles was shot several times in broad daylight while watching her niece play in the park.
"This was obviously an intentional murder. Steven Pettway was not out for a jog, in a jogging suit with a bandana on his face and accidentally shot three times into Troya's back. This was a deliberate, intentional murder," Jones Brown told the jury.
The defense argued Pettway had nothing to do with Sheckles' shooting
"There is no physical evidence at all , in any form, fashion, whatsoever against Steven Pettway," Defense Attorney Leslie Smith told the jurors.
WDRB briefly caught Sheckles' family as they left the courtroom after the verdict.
They said they're relieved Pettway will be behind bars and said they're "overwhelmingly happy" with the guilty verdict.
Thursday morning, the jury is expected to begin the sentencing phase of the trial.
Dejuan Hammond is set to be tried in September.
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