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Two months after case dismissed, man again indicted of killing witness in murder trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two months after the high profile murder case against Dejaun Hammond was dismissed because two key witnesses could not be found, Hammond has been indicted again for the same crime, accused of killing a witness in his brother's murder case.

On Monday, Hammond was indicted for the murder of Troya Sheckles, who was shot to death in Shelby Park in 2009, allegedly to prevent her from testifying against Lloyd Hammond.

He will be arraigned on Friday morning in Jefferson Circuit Court.

The trial was supposed to begin in late October but was dismissed without prejudice because of the missing witnesses. At the time, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown said Hammond would be re-indicted if those witnesses were found.

On Thursday, Jones Brown declined to talk about whether the witnesses had been found, citing safety reasons, but said prosecutors "were always hopeful" the case would be brought back.

She said Sheckles' family "were pleased" with the news and she expects both sides to seek a trial date quickly.

Ted Shouse, who along with Annie O'Connell, represented Hammond declined to comment on Thursday, saying he would talk after the arraignment.

Hammond has remained in Metro Corrections as he has multiple other felony cases pending.

In May, a jury recommended that Hammond's co-defendant, Steven Pettway, be sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing Sheckles.

Prosecutors have said he was acting at the behest of Dejaun Hammond, because Sheckles had agreed weeks earlier to testify against Lloyd in the 2006 murder of her boyfriend and two other men.

One of the witnesses who couldn't be located for Hammond's trial was Don'Teze Hurt, a friend of Sheckles' who was sitting next to her in the park when a man jumped over the picnic table behind them, shooting her twice.

Hurt identified Pettway during his trial as the man who shot Sheckles.

"I could pick him out then," Hurt said then, staring at Pettway as he identified him. "I could pick him out now. That gentleman there."

The other witness prosecutors and police couldn't locate was Ike Kinnison, who told police in 2011 that Pettway came into a home after Sheckles was shot and said he had killed a woman, shooting until his gun was empty.

When he testified during Pettway's murder trial, Kinnison said he didn't remember making that statement and that he had been put "under a lot of pressure" by police.

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