Second of four suspects pleads guilty to brutal murder of teen brothers
Tieren Coleman was charged in the killings of 14-year-old Larry Ordway and 16-year-old Maurice Gordon in May 2016.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A fourth suspect in the brutal murders of teen brothers pleads guilty to five charges, including complicity to commit murder.
19-year-old Tieren Coleman’s plea came in Jefferson Circuit Court Thursday. Coleman’s plea agreement changed two, original murder charges to complicity to commit murder. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of complicity to abuse of a corpse and one count of complicity to tampering with physical evidence, a court clerk said.
Coleman is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mary Shaw on September 7. Shaw has the option to give Coleman ten years in prison or 15 years probation, commonwealth's attorney spokesman Jeff Cooke said.
14-year-old Larry Ordway and 16-year-old Maurice Gordon were stabbed, burned and left for dead on May 22, 2016. Their bodies were found near the intersection of River Park Drive, near S. 41st Street.
Police also charged 26-year-old Brice Rhodes, 19-year-old Jacorey Lamont Taylor and juvenile Anjuan Carter for the murders. Ordway and Gordon were reportedly killed because they witnessed Rhodes allegedly shoot and kill Christopher Jones on May 4, 2016. Rhodes believed Jones had a "price on his head," according to plea sheets.
Anjuan Carter, who was 15 at the time of the murders, pleaded guilty in November 2016 to the murders of Ordway, Gordon and Jones. He was sentenced to 10-years in prison. Under his plea deal, he agreed to testify against his co-defendants. He will stay in juvenile detention until he is 18, when he will be sentenced again. At that time, he could get supervised probation.
Carter admitted to helping Brice Rhodes and others stab teen brothers Larry Ordway and Maurice Gordon on May 22 and then clean up the scene. He was also in the car with Rhodes on May 4, when Rhodes "mistook" Christopher Jones for a man who had "a price on his head," according to the plea sheets.
Coleman's plea agreement does not require him to testify against Rhodes at trial, Cooke said.
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