Felony Strangulation Law Now in Effect



Strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. Kentucky’s felony strangulation law becomes effective today and to better prosecute these important cases Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Kathy Phillips and Amanda Parker, along with Advocate Erica Bybee, are attending the Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention in Indianapolis with trainers Casey Gwinn, Esq – Alliance for HOPE International President (Former Lead/ Elected Prosecutor- San Diego) Gael Strack, Esq CEO & Co-founder of HOPE (Former Head Deputy Prosecutor of DV & Child Abuse Unit – San Diego) Dr. William Smock – Louisville Metro Police Dept Director & Police Surgeon, Clinical Forensic Medical Program. 


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Meet the Summer Interns for 2019

  My name is Justin Blankenship and I am a third-year law student at the University of Kentucky. I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and completed my undergraduate studies at Radford University where I majored in Political Science. After graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I worked as a political consultant for a tech start-up. I eventually joined Teach for America and was placed in Harlan, Kentucky. There I taught middle school English, directed the high school theatre program, and coached baseball. I am interested in pursuing a career in criminal prosecution after I graduate from law school. When I am not studying I enjoy hiking, live music, and traveling with my dog, Sally. 

  My name is Madeline McCall and I am a rising 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law. I am from Louisville, but I have spent the last six years living in Lexington. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2017, graduating Summa Cum Laude. I love fitness, reading for fun, anything “The Office” related, and spending time with my friends. Professionally, I am interested in criminal law, family law, legal writing, and litigation. I plan to stay and work in Kentucky after graduation next spring.

  My name is Valerie Whitlock and I am a rising 2L at the University of Kentucky College of Law. I am from Hodgenville Kentucky, where I attended LaRue County High School. I am a graduate of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and Internation Commerce ’16. I have an identical twin, and I enjoy reading, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I am very interested in criminal law and litigation.

  Miles Meehan is a rising 2L at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Miles graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2011 with his B.A. in Psychology. While at UK, Miles was the UK mascot “Scratch”! At UK Law, he is the co-founder of the Criminal Law Society and a Site Coordinator for StreetLaw. Outside of school, Miles has been a professional actor for 23 years and is a sought-after Film & TV acting coach and musical theatre director.

   Andrew Gillespie is a rising 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Although he grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, he was always a Wildcat at heart, and made the decision to attend UK for both his undergraduate career, where he earned a degree in Political Science and Economics, as well as law school. In addition to being an Editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law, a member of the Appalachian Law Caucus club, and the Federalist Society, Andrew has held internships for Judge Travis in the Fayette Circuit Court and for the Department for Local Government in Frankfort. In his spare time, he enjoys music, playing guitar, and hiking or backpacking. Andrew has an interest in a wide array of areas, including criminal prosecution and government work, both of which he is interested in pursuing after graduation.

  My name is Reed Norris, and I am a rising 3L at the University of Alabama School of Law.  I grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2016.  After law school, I hope to practice criminal or employment law.  When I’m not doing school work, you can find me with friends, listening to music, or playing sports.

   Erin McLaughlin is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a rising 3L at Widener University Delaware Law School, located in Wilmington, Delaware. She will serve as Widener Law Review’s External Managing Editor for the 2019-2020 year.  Erin also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Equine Studies from Centenary University. After graduating from Centenary University, Erin worked in the Thoroughbred racing industry for several years before attending law school. During that time, Erin lived in Lexington, Kentucky, and worked on several Thoroughbred farms in the surrounding area. 

Erin loves Philadelphia and is an avid Phillies, Flyers and Eagles fan, but after law school she plans to return to Lexington. When not doing school work or working, Erin enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, riding her own horse, Romeo, hiking and spending time outdoors with her Labrador Retriever, Cian.




Meet our newest Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Jenna Cassady

September 17, 2018

Meet our newest Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jenna McNeal Cassady, sworn in today by Chief Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela R. Goodwine. You can see from Jenna’s expression she is excited to be here – and we are excited to have her on our team.

Jenna is a 2017 University of Kentucky College of Law graduate, with a passion for advocacy in crimes against women. Before returning to her home state of Kentucky last month, Jenna was a domestic violence prosecutor in Miami-Dade Florida.

Welcome Jenna McNeal Cassady!

Meet our newest Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Andrew Wilhoite

July 2, 2018

Meet our newest Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Andrew Wilhoite. Andrew was sworn-in this morning by Chief Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine. Andrew has spent the last year in Kenton County as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. He is a 2016 graduate of Chase College of Law and the 2010 graduate of Morehead State University, where he played Varsity Football. Andrew is a competitive power lifter and an avid Kentucky athletics fan (like the rest of this office!)
Welcome Andrew.

The Lexington Police Awards Banquet 2018

June 19, 2018

The Lexington Police Awards Banquet is one of the best evenings of the year because it gives us the opportunity to publicly thank and honor those who serve and protect the citizens of Fayette County. Our office presented a special recognition to 2 outstanding officers for their work on felony cases in Fayette County – Lt. David Richardson and Det. Franz Wolff. Thank you Lt. Richardson and Det. Wolff for all that you do for public safety in Lexington.


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