The woman accused in the shooting of a man on Greenville Road in June was finally arraigned Wednesday morning after her arraignment last week was rescheduled due to technical issues.
Anshanique Leavell, 19, entered a not guilty plea with her attorney Michael Thompson.
Thompson explained during Leavell’s first court appearance that the defense has only received some of the evidence that the commonwealth has and is waiting on more to move forward with considering plea offers.
Atkins decided to schedule Leavell for her first pretrial conference Oct. 16 to allow the commonwealth time to hand over the remaining evidence and potentially consider plea offers at the next court date.
Leavell is charged in the shooting death of Amareya' K. Freeman, 23, Hopkinsville, earlier this summer.
According to a Hopkinsville police report, Freeman was found unresponsive after officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Greenville Road around midnight June 6. Freeman had a gunshot wound in his chest and was later pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Shortly after, officers came in contact with Leavell, who allegedly said in an interview with officers that she shot him. The report states Leavell also had a stolen handgun.
She is charged with murder and receiving stolen property.
Leavell currently being held at the Christian County Jail with a $100,000 bond.
In other court news, a young woman accused in the death of her infant son appeared in court Wednesday morning before Atkins.
Desiree Catlett, 21, entered an Alford plea, which means she admits there may be enough evidence in the case to convict her but she is not outright admitting guilt.
According to New Era archives, Catlett is charged with second-degree manslaughter for the death of her 9-month-old son, Ja’Noah, who drowned while in the bathtub in 2016. Catlett told police she was in the room the entire time while Ja’Noah was taking a bath with his 2-year-old brother, Ja’Michael.
Catlett had a jury trial in her case in April 2018. However, the jury was undecided on her guilt, and Atkins declared it a mistrial.
On Wednesday, Catlett accepted a plea offer from the commonwealth for an Alford plea to reckless homicide, with a recommended sentence of five years.
Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Boling is leaving the decision on whether Catlett receives probation or not in the hands of the judge at her final sentencing.
“She is going to be subject to the determination of the court as far as whether or not the judge will grant probation or deny probation, that will be purely up to the judge,” Boling said.
“The judge heard the (previous) trial," he continued. "I think he is in the best position to determine whether or not probation should be granted, based on he’s heard every bit of evidence in this case.”
Catlett is scheduled to appear for final sentencing Oct. 30.
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