Man Convicted in Witness Death Gets Hearing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Louisville man serving 55 years in state prison after being convicted of killing a witness in a murder trial has been granted a hearing on his request for shock probation.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Angela McCormick Bisig will hold a hearing on Tuesday for 21-year-old Steven D. Pettway. Pettway was convicted in 2013 of killing Troya Sheckles in Shelby Park in Louisville in 2009.

Sheckles was an eyewitness who reluctantly agreed to testify against Lloyd Hammond, who was facing murder charges in the June 2006 deaths of Terrell Cherry and William Sawyers, Sheckles' boyfriend.

Because the defendant was a juvenile at the time, he is eligible for probation. He has filed a motion for shock probation.

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