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On American DA Live we will be discussing the topic of Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence awareness month and we will have Teri Faragher, the director of the Domestic Violence prevention board (DVPB), as our guest. We will also have Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Kathy Phillips who specializes in the prosecution of domestic violence cases and victim’s advocate Robin Anderson who deals with cases pertaining to the same issues. We will be talking about a serious cases dealing with Domestic Violence, CW vs. Alejandro Garcia. Discussions about how our community responds to these issues and how this is a timely topic based on national publicity of the NFL scandals.
Alejandro Garcia was charged with two counts of Assault 1st Degree of two female victims. The defendant was asleep in bed with his girlfriend and awoke and started to stab the victim multiple times. The victim’s sister was asleep on the couch and woke to her sister screaming, she ran in to see what was happening. She tried to run for help and the defendant starting stabbing her also severely injuring her. Both female victims lay where they were until the defendant left the apartment. When he left one of the victims called 911 and while on the phone the defendant tried to enter back in the apartment but fled before the police arrived on the scene.
This case went to trial in October of 2013 and after one day of testimony the defendant decided he wanted to plead guilty. On October 3rd the defendant plead to two counts of Assault 1st Degree a recommendation of 20 years on each count to run Consecutively. On November 1st, 2013 the defendant Alejandro Garcia was sentenced to 20 years on each and the Judge ran them Consecutively for a total of 40 years in prison. Due to some complications from the assault one of the victims later passed away in early August 2014.
On January 12, 2011, Covington Police Detectives Brian Kane and Derek Uhl responded to the “Cash-In” store at 2603 Madison Avenue to serve it’s owner, Charlie Wilson, with legal process related to operating a business without a city occupational license. Inside what appeared to be a pawn shop, detectives found boxes and bags filled with brand new retail items, many with the price tags still attached, stacks of cash, and numerous firearms. Believing they may have stumbled across a cache of stolen merchandise, the detectives then obtained a search warrant for the store. Over the next three days, detectives hauled away so much evidence that Covington Police had to rent two PODS to store it all.
When the detectives began examining the Cash-In business records, they found evidence of a second Cash-In store in Erlanger. Eventually, detectives identified William Godsey, Jessica Burnett, Randall Byrd, Joshua Megerle, and Janina Byrd as the owners and/or employees of the Erlanger store.
We are very very excited to have special guest Rob Sanders, Kenton County CW Attorney, join us on the show to discuss this case. Tune in tomorrow morning crime fighters to hear the rest about this five co-defendant case!
The “Late Night” Syndicate
The show for Forensic Friday with Jack Pattie and our host Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren will be about Thirteen defendant’s who were charged with multiple thefts from automobiles, as well as the cars themselves. Our guest for the show will be Lt. Eric Lowe from the Lexington Police Department. We will be discussing the investigation and the resolutions of the cases.
Today on American DA Live we discussed the case of Malik Johnson, who was convicted of shooting and killing 16 year old Jaleel Raglin on September 25, 2012, in an apartment on Winburn Drive. Johnson and the victim had an ex-girlfriend in common, which led to dislike between the two and eventually the victim’s death. Defendant confessed to shooting the victim at the apartment while his cousin, Marquez Shelby, waited outside. The investigation led to the discovery that Johnson had given the gun to Shelby to get rid of after the shooting. Johnson was convicted of one count of murder, one count of tampering, and sentenced to 25 years. Shelby was convicted of one count of tampering and sentenced to one year probated five years. Click the link BELOW to listen to the show!
Normalization of Violence
By Nikki Fedorko
Perhaps one of the most disconcerting problems I will face as a social worker is the normalization of evil. Various media platforms, celebrities, and modern-day cinema have successfully transformed our culture into one that accepts and unfortunately glorifies violence. Because society has such a distorted view of violent crimes, we inadvertently forget that our actions and words can severely impact victims and their families on a deep emotional and psychological level.
Today on “American D.A. Live”, we discussed the heinous death of an innocent 16-year-old child, Jaleel Raglin. Jaleel was murdered in cold blood and the circumstances that surrounded his death are extremely tragic as well. Unfortunately, Jaleel was inadvertently referred to as the “dead guy” on today’s radio show. Understandably upset, his mother and father called into the radio show to discuss their displeasure for the language used to discuss the murder of their young son.
“American D.A. Live” is a forum for the discussion of criminal cases and the challenges faced by the prosecution in holding the criminal accountable and seeking justice for the victims. Making the public aware of the realities of the criminal justice system and the impact of law and legislation on victims is one of the ways the Commonwealth Attorneys Office tries to advocate for crime victims. These shows are not meant to retraumatize the victim and their families nor impede their recovery in any way, but sometimes even the best intentions can have that effect.
This incident drew my attention to the importance of understanding the perspective of crime victims. In a murder case, the grieving family is trying to learn how survive in the aftermath of their loss and readjust their lives in order to compensate and cope. Unfortunately during today’s show, the victim’s feelings were neglected in the description of the case details. This was a lesson learned for all involved. I’m grateful that the parents spoke up on behalf of their son, Jaleel, because I think their courage and perspective will positively impact other victims, their families and survivors. It has certainly had an impact on all of us at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Tomorrow we will be discussing the case of Commonwealth vs. Malik Johnson, who was convicted of shooting and killing 16 year old Jaleel Raglin on September 25, 2012. Johnson and the victim had an ex-girlfriend in common, which led to dislike between the two and eventually the victim’s death! We are very excited to have special guests Assistant CW Attorney Katie Webster and Victim Advocate Mary Houlihan join us on the show tomorrow. You will not want to miss this show crime fighters. Tune in tomorrow morning to hear what happened with this case!