Admitted Gang Member Says Victory Park Crips Murdered 18-Year-Old Honor Student
By Dina Kaplan
(LOUISVILLE, August 19th, 2004, 7 p.m.) -- WAVE 3 News has just obtained video of a hearing where a Louisville man not only acknowledged he is a member of the Victory Park Crips, bit also says he was present when a vicious shooting killed an 18-year-old honor student four years ago. WAVE 3's Dina Kaplan has the latest.
In a stunning development, on Wednesday, Marcus Stallard admitted he drove the car carrying gang members who shot an innocent 18-year-old girl.
Laknogony McCurley was killed on July 31st, 2000, outside Jewish Hospital in a drive-by shooting: Stallard calls "accidental."
Now his testimony will help prosecutors.
"Anytime we have witnesses that come forward that helps our case a lot," says prosecutor Tom Van De Rostyne.
Stallard has pleaded guilty to facilitating murder. Now prosecutors are focused on seven men they believe are part of a vicious gang. Van De Rostyne says "they're known as the Victory Park Crips or the Rat Pack."
Beginning next month, the alleged gang members will stand trial for three murders, including Laknogony's, as well as four attempted murders and other assorted crimes.
In exchange for his plea and serving five years probation, Stallard will testify against five of the suspects. His lawyer told us Stallard is sorry for Laknogony's family, but her grandfather, Bill Grimes, wonders why it took Stallard four years to come forward.
"It's good that he apologized, but at the same time, did he really mean it?" asked Grimes.
Another alleged member of the gang, Dominique Coffey, has already pleaded guiilty and agreed to testify against the remaining defendents. Kenneth Parker's trial is set to begin September 27th. The remaining suspects are scheduled to stand trial in January.