Sentencing for convicted murderer Dejuan Hammond postponed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sentencing for convicted murderer Dejuan Hammond postponed

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The scheduled sentencing of Dejuan Hammond for orchestrating the murder of a woman who was supposed to testify against his brother in 2009 was delayed on Thursday.

Defense attorneys asked that the sentencing be postponed because of an error in the pre-sentencing report, which did not give Hammond credit for the time he spent in jail awaiting trial.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig agreed to the request "out of an abundance of caution."

The new sentencing date has been set for April 16.

In December, a jury convicted Hammond of murder and intimidating a witness in the slaying of Troya Sheckles. Jurors recommended Hammond serve 35 years in prison. He would be eligible for parole in 20 years.

The jury of six men and six women left the courthouse away from the media.

Defense attorneys Ted Shouse and Annie O'Connell were set to argue on Friday that Bisig should set aside the conviction or order a new trial because of several errors made by the judge, including allowing prosecutors to play for jurors the full statements made to police by witnesses who had since recanted those statement.

Prosecutors have argued that Bisig ruled properly throughout the trial.

Hammond, who has been in jail since 2011, has other pending felony cases involving assault, wanton endangerment and drug charges.

Sheckles was gunned down in Shelby Park while sitting with a friend in March 2009, weeks after agreeing to testify against Hammond's brother, Lloyd, who was charged with killing Sheckles' boyfriend and two other men.

Last year, Steven Pettway was sentenced to 55 years for killing Sheckles. That conviction has been appealed.


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