UPDATE: Judge blasts suggestion made by mother of suspect accused of committing two separate murders
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A district court judge had some harsh words for the mother of a Louisville man accused of committing two separate murders on the same day Tuesday morning.
Jervon Latrell Hazelwood pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of robbery and two counts of tampering with physical evidence when he appeared before Jefferson County District Court Judge David Holton this morning. Holton set his bond at $1 million -- $500,000 for each murder count -- but a moment later, a woman claiming to be Hazelwood's mother made a special request.
"Is there any way that he can get house arrest or something until we can get this going?" she could be heard asking via monitor, from another room.
Holton's reply was terse.
"Ma'am, with all due respect, your son is charged with two counts of murder, and you’re asking me to give your son home incarceration?" he replied. "Ma'am, that is an insult to this court, and it was an appalling suggestion for this community to expect that I would give this young man home incarceration facing two counts of murder. With all due respect ma'am…you’re dismissed."
"Thank you," she replied.
Oct. 11, 2015: Police say on that day, 18-year-old Hazelwood committed two separate murders.
According to arrest reports obtained by WDRB News, police arrested Hazelwood on Monday afternoon, weeks after he allegedly robbed two men, then shot them to death.
Police say that on Oct. 11, just after 1 a.m., Hazelwood robbed 60-year-old Shakoor Gordon near the corner of 19th Street and Jefferson Street, taking a camera at gunpoint. He then -- along with an unidentified accomplice -- shot Gordon, according to police.
Police say he was found dead later that morning in an alley.
Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene just after 8:30 a.m. that day, according to Deputy Coroner Rita Taylor. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.
Police say Hazelwood sold the camera after the murder.
But that wasn't the only murder Hazelwood committed that day, according to police. After his arrest, he allegedly admitted to being involved in a fatal shooting at 20th and Chestnut Streets in the Russell neighborhood.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says Michael Dippel, 30, was pronounced dead at 11:25 p.m. that day due to several gunshot wounds.
Police say the shooting happened around 11:15 that night. Officers say someone heard gunshots and called 911.
When police responded to 20th and Chestnut, they found Dippel shot to death outside an SUV.
At the time, police said they were not sure if Dippel was driving the SUV or had even been inside it.
Some of Dippel's property had been taken, according to police.
"During the neighborhood canvas, we got several tips in and we were able to interview and processes evidence from each scene," said Lt. Todd Kessinger of the LMPD Homicide unit.
Police say they got even more clarity when Hazelwood admitted to his involvement in Dippel's murder.
"We brought him to the station and interviewed him regarding two murders, and he talked about his involvement in both cases," said Kessinger.
Hazelwood has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of robbery and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Police say the murder weapon and stolen property have yet to be recovered.
Hazelwood is currently being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.
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