LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man whose three murder convictions were overturned on appeal has now pled guilty to one of those crimes.
Lloyd Hammond, 27, was charged with the June 17, 2006 shooting death of Kerry Williams. During a hearing on February 10, Hammond pled guilty to manslaughter and agreed immediately begin serving a 10 year sentence.
On June 28, 2010, Hammond was found guilty of his murder, along with the murders of William Sawyers and Terell Cherry on June 3, 2006. The prosecution asked for the death penalty, but a Jefferson County jury recommended Hammond serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The conviction of Hammond was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled that Jefferson Circuit Judge Aura Becker improperly allowed prosecutors to present all three deaths during the same trial.
The court also ruled that testimony was improperly allowed at the trial because statements from the late Troya Heckles, the girlfriend of Williams and a scheduled witness the trial, were allowed. Heckles was gunned down while sitting in Shelby Park on the afternoon of March 23, 2009. Steven Pittway was convicted of her murder and is serving 55 years in prison.
Earl Hammond, 33, the older brother of Lloyd Hammond, has been charged with complicity to murder, complicity retaliation against a participant in a legal process, complicity to intimidating a witnesses in a legal process and complicity to unlawfully provide or permit a minor to possess a handgun. The charges are related to the murder of Heckles.
The high court ordered three new trials, one for each of the murders. The two remaining murder cases against Lloyd Hammond are pending before the Kentucky Court of Appeals about the admissibility of Heckles' statements at trial.