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Judge declines to dismiss Hammond case for prosecutorial misconduct

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For a third time, a judge has declined to dismiss the Dejuan Hammond murder case based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

Judge Angela Bisig found that prosecutors did not violate rules requiring them to turn over evidence for a third time, and that there was no intentional misconduct

Hammond is supposed to stand trial in August for the murder of Troya Sheckles, who was shot to death in Shelby Park in 2009, allegedly to prevent her from testifying against Dejuan Hammond's brother, Lloyd Hammond.

Hammond's defense attorneys claim prosecutors have repeatedly withheld exculpatory evidence and they have "been forced to investigate the investigators."

In issuing her ruling, Bisig said the court has twice found prosecutors failed in their "duty" to turn over evidence, but said documents recently found by defense attorneys don't fall within scope of Brady material.

"The court therefore finds no discovery violation," Bisig said.

The 32 pages of evidence Hammond attorneys recently found in an LMPD file were "interesting," but not "exculpatory," Bisig said.

All information has now been turned over to the defense.

Bisig told the defense she will allow a continuance if needed, but Hammond's attorneys have consistently said they are ready to go to trial this month.

"We will be ready for trial on Aug. 26," said Ted Shouse, one of Hammond's attorneys. He had no further comment.

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