Family of murdered teen wants Commonwealth Attorney's Office removed from case
Gregory Holt (Source: Family photo)
Cannon C. Pendergrass (Source: LMPD)
Anthony Hogan Jr. (Source: LMDC)
James Mallery (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Metro Police named a third suspect in the murder of a Louisville teen. Investigators are searching for 22-year-old Cannon Curtis Pendergrass in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Gregory Holt.
Meanwhile, Holt's family still has unanswered questions about his murder. They made a big announcement Thursday.
The family sent a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. In it, the family said the death of 15-year-old Gregory Holt could have been prevented. The family is asking for the removal of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office from the case.
Holt was murdered during his spring break from school. He was shot several times in the Clover Street apartment he lived in with his mother while she was out. No word on a motive. Holt was Teri Tharpe's cousin.
"She should've been able to trust her child being there while she went to the grocery," said Tharpe. "No one thinks someone can come in your house and kill your child, no."
Two men were arrested in connection with Holt's murder. One of them is 29-year-old James Mallery. In a letter sent to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, the family claims the Commonwealth Attorney's Office used poor decision making with Mallery prior to Holt's death.
"James Mallery had no business being free to prey on our children," said Tharpe. "We have asked Jack Conway to take over the prosecution of James Mallery. We do not trust the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney here in Louisville. We have asked Mr. Stengel to fire Tom Van De Rostyne if he does not resign. We have asked Tom Van De Rostyne to resign."
In the letter, the family claims a conflict of interest because Mallery is dealing with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office on another case.
"We're tired of this. We're tired of these murders. We're tired of these criminals getting out, going back in, coming right back out. it's a revolving door and they allow it to happen and it needs to stop," said Tharpe.
Tharpe's own son was murdered in August 2008. Speaking from experience, she said she's going to continue to speak out.
"I hope that whatever happens out of this, they do get justice," Tharpe said. "I hope they do get a new prosecutor for the case."
If you've seen Pendergrass, you are asked to call the Metro Police tip line at 574-LMPD.
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