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Defense grills detective in Hammond trial; closing arguments set for Thursday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Testimony in Dejuan Hammond's murder trial continued Wednesday. 

Hammond is accused of arranging to have Sheckles killed to prevent her from testifying against his younger brother, Lloyd Hammond.

On Wednesday, the prosecution rested its case. Defense attorneys began presenting their case on Wednesday afternoon.

Defense attorney Annie O'Connell requested that the judge dismiss the case for lack of proof. O'Connell argued there was no evidence.

On Tuesday, the lead detective and former prosecutor in the case of a man on trial for his alleged involvement in the murder of Troya Sheckles in 2009 told a jury Tuesday that they never bullied or threatened witnesses in an effort to implicate Dejuan Hammond.

Roy Stalvey, the detective who headed up the Sheckles murder investigation, was back on the stand again Wednesday, but there were many interruptions as Hammond's attorney, Ted Shouse, questioned Stalvey, and accused him of threatening potential witnesses -- an accusation that Stalvey denied.  

Sheckles was considered a key witness in Lloyd Hammond's murder trial.

Shouse has been pressing Stalvey on why he did not pursue other suspects or tips, including a homeless man who allegedly bragged he was responsible for killing someone in a park.

This is the fourth attempt at trying Dejuan Hammond. There have been mistrials and delays mainly due to prosecutors not properly turning over evidence.

The prosecution and defense rested Wednesday afternoon, but not before Shouse asked the judge to dismiss the case. That request was denied.

Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday at 9 a.m., and the case could be in the hands of the jury by the end of the week.

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