Evidence released in murder of trial witness

(source: LMDC)
(source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Newly released court documents paint a chilling picture of the Louisville murder of a woman who was supposed to be a witness in a murder trial.

Dejuan Hammond and Steven Pettway have been charged with murder in the shooting death of Troya Sheckles. She was shot in Shelby Park on March 23, 2009, shortly before she was to have testified in the murder trial for Hammond's brother, Lloyd.

Witnesses told police a man wearing all black and a red bandana on his face talked to Sheckles in the park for one to three minutes, then shot her as she ran away.

In the court papers, a woman who identifies herself as Dejuan Hammond's girlfriend says he asked her on the day of the murder to go look for a dark skin black woman in the park. She says she found her by the playground and called Hammond. She denies knowing it was Sheckles but says she was killed about 15 minutes later.

Names of witnesses in many of the court documents because of the nature of the case.

The documents also say a jailhouse snitch told police that Lloyd Hammond said he had a family member, "knock the (expletive) off."

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