LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Dejuan Hammond is charged in the high profile murder of 31-year-old Troya Sheckles in 2009. As Hammond gets ready for another court appearance on Monday he is contacting the media to tell his side of the story from jail.
Police and prosecutors say Hammond paid Steven Pettway to kill Sheckles on March 23, 2009 at Shelby Park in the 600 block of Oak Street. They say Hammond wanted Sheckles dead because she was about to testify against Hammond's brother, Lloyd Hammond, in another murder trial.
Hammond claims the prosecutor, Tom Van De Rostyne, is targeting him and his brother and using the high profile case to further his career in the hopes of becoming the next Commonwealth's Attorney.
According to Hammond, he never met Sheckles and only saw her once in court. He said Sheckles didn't pick his brother out of a lineup, so they weren't worried about her testimony and she was never a threat to him. Hammond also claims one of his former cellmates is lying about an alleged confession Hammond made to him about having Sheckles killed.
"He's saying I talked to him at a strip club," said Hammond. "It's only common sense. Call the strip club, get their schedule see if you can get video. You know what I'm saying - who else was I with?"
Although Sheckles didn't pick Lloyd Hammond out of a lineup, a few weeks later Sheckles saw a photo of him on television and told police he was the man who shot her boyfriend.
Prosecutors said Hammond's story doesn't line up with the evidence against him. They will talk more about it at his hearing on Monday.