LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As America celebrates Independence Day a Louisville mother says she fears the justice system will fail her family.
Camden McCroskey, 21, was murdered more than three years ago. His mother, Kim Vanderhaar, has been fighting for justice since day one. Now Vanderhaar has learned that one of the suspects in her son's case may be offered a plea deal.
James Stover is of two men charged with murdering her son. Jury selection in Stover's case is expected July 13, but Vanderhaar said she got word from prosecutor that there is talk that he may take a manslaughter plea.
On April 3, 2009, Louisville Metro Police say Stover and Jeffery Moore shot and killed McCroskey in the parking lot of the ValuMarket in the 7500 block of the Outer Loop.
McCroskey was shot multiple times during what police said was a marijuana buy by the pair from McCroskey at the Outer Loop Plaza.
"Camden made a mistake, that's not the way he was raised," said Vanderhaar. "But he didn't deserve to die in a parking lot laying on the concrete for that."
What's been important to Vanderhaar is that her son's case goes to trial. Moore has already been convicted of his role in the crime and is behind bars. But Vanderhaar said Stover is the one who shot her son. Stover is charged with murder and Vanderhaar said she was promised that there would be no plea deal in his case. Now she said that promise could possibly be broken.
"For them to insult my family and Camden's memory by saying this was manslaughter and not murder, I can't accept that," said Vanderhaar.
The plea deal isn't a done deal just yet. Vanderhaar hopes that those in the justice system will see the justice she says her family deserves.
"I know God doesn't answer prayers immediately, but I'm hoping," said Vanderhaar. " I'm hoping they reconsider and let this go to trial."
Vanderhaar said she plans on meeting with the Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel to talk about her son's case.