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Lloyd Hammond found guilty of wanton murder and facilitation to murder in 2006 deaths

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Lloyd Hammond during a court appearance in Louisville, Ky. Lloyd Hammond during a court appearance in Louisville, Ky.
Terrell Cherry and William Sawyers were shot and killed in 2006. Terrell Cherry and William Sawyers were shot and killed in 2006.
Shaheed Al-Uq'dah, a key witness in the Lloyd Hammond murder trial can't be located, but video of previous testimony was played for jurors. Shaheed Al-Uq'dah, a key witness in the Lloyd Hammond murder trial can't be located, but video of previous testimony was played for jurors.
Troya Sheckles, the girlfriend of one of the men Lloyd Hammond is accused of murdering, was killed in 2009 before she could testify against Hammond. Troya Sheckles, the girlfriend of one of the men Lloyd Hammond is accused of murdering, was killed in 2009 before she could testify against Hammond.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lloyd Hammond was found guilty of wanton murder and facilitation to murder in the deaths of William Sawyers and Terrell Cherry on Friday evening after more than five hours of jury deliberation.

Hammond was also found guilty of retaliation and unlawful imprisonment in the Cherry case, not guilty of intentional murder in both cases and not guilty of wanton murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter and reckless homicide in the Cherry case.

Hammond, who has been called one of Louisville's most infamous criminals, was accused of killing Sawyers and Cherry in 2006. 

Years of appeals have kept this case tied up, and Hammond was re-indicted or the murders in 2016. Closing arguments wrapped up late Friday morning and jurors began deliberating a little before noon. 

"Lloyd Hammond is a cold-blooded calculating murderer," Prosecutor Frank Dahl said in his closing argument. "He kills for money or drugs. He kills to silence."

This is the state's third attempt to win a conviction against Hammond. In 2009, the case ended in a mistrial, and a conviction in 2010 was overturned. 

The case was further complicated when Troya Sheckles, a key witness was killed. This latest trial moved forward without testimony from Shaheed Al-Uq'dah, another key witness for prosecutors who took a plea deal in exchange for his testimony against Hammond. Police have been unsuccessful in locating Al-Uq'dah.

Jurors spent much of this week watching recorded testimony from both Sheckles and Al-Uq'dah from several years ago. 

Hammond's brother, Dejuan Hammond, is already in prison for hiring someone to kill Sheckles, who was Sawyers' girlfriend, because she reluctantly agreed to testify against Lloyd. 

Prosecutors said Hammond killed Sawyers over cocaine and killed Cherry because he witnessed the crime. 

In his closing argument, Hammond's attorney, Robert Eggert said the prosecution's star witness, Al-Uq'dah, is mentally ill and responsible for killing Sawyers and Cherry. 

"When you look at all this evidence, I don't think we can convict a man on a lone, one single picture identification," Eggert said. "I don't think we can convict a man when ... one of the witnesses says the killer was in fact Shaheed Al-Uq'dah. I don't think we can ignore the paranoid schizophrenia."

Hammond has already been convicted in the 2006 death of Kerry Williams, but he took a plea deal in that case and served out his time

Hammond will be back in court for sentencing at 9 a.m. Monday.

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