Hammond says jailhouse snitch lied to prosecutors

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Saying he's got to speak out to prove his innocence---Dejuan Hammond---the man charged in the high profile murder of Troya Sheckles is talking from his jail cell without his attorney.

Hammond is now putting his story out in the media because he says the Commonwealth Attorney's Office isn't investigating what really happened to Sheckles.

He claims he didn't do it.

Getting witnesses to come forward became an even tougher job for police in 2009, when Troya Sheckles, a witness set to testify in the high profile murder case of Lloyd Hammond was gunned down in Shelby Park in broad daylight.

"We never felt like she was a threat to my brother's case," Dejuan Hammond told WAVE 3 News.

Hammond says he and his brother Lloyd had nothing to do with Sheckles murder, saying she wasn't a threat to them because she didn't pick Lloyd out of a line up. But, Sheckles did identify Hammond after seeing a photo of him on TV. She told police he was the man who killed her boyfriend.

Police contend they have proof Dejuan Hammond set up Sheckles murder paying Steven Pettway to kill her.

Hammond claims the prosecution's evidence from jailhouse snitch James Mallory is all lies.

Mallory sent prosecutors a letter claiming he had "bombshell evidence" in the Sheckles murder that he could give in exchange for shock probation.  According to Hammond, Mallory claimed he was at a former Louisville strip club when Hammond confessed the murder plan.

Hammond says that club's former owner told him the club wasn't even open that day.  "He's saying I talked to him at a strip club," Dejuan Hammond said of Mallory, " It's only common sense that they (prosecutors) call the strip club and see if you can get video, you know what I'm saying, who else was I with?"

Hammond claims prosecutor Tom Van De Rostyne is targeting him and his brother-- to further his career.

Hammond likened his case and his prosecution conspiracy theory to the deal for accused murder Francois Cunningham---in order to get big fish and alleged murderer Ricky Kelly.

"They indicted R. Kelly on eight murders cause of a jailhouse informant, " Hammond said, "They let out Francois Cunningham and he was fighting a double murder."

Prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence to counter everything Hammond is claiming.

They tell WAVE 3 News they'll talk more about it when Hammond is back in court on Monday.

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