One of the two suspects accused in the April shooting death that occurred at the Valero gas station on East Ninth Street may have his case resolved prior to jury trial according to the Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
David Rashawn King, 27, appeared in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ court Wednesday morning via Zoom while at the Christian County Jail while his new defense attorney Stewart Wheeler, who is out of Russellville, appeared in person.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling shared with the court as the hearing began that he and Wheeler believe King’s could be resolved soon, before the case goes to trial.
“We’re close to being able to roll this one out if we could continue this about a month out, we should have it resolved,” Boling said.
Atkins agreed and continued King’s case to the same pretrial conference date as his codefendant Dalton Hall, 21, on Oct. 20.
They are both accused of the shooting death of Delmour Moncrief, 31, that occurred in front of the Valero gas station.
Hall is charged with murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and tampering with physical evidence.
Meanwhile, King is charged with complicity to murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution or apprehension.
According to New Era archives, the shooting death of Moncrief occurred in front of the Valero gas station just before 9 a.m. on April 10.
King and Hall had been in an altercation with Moncrief just before Hall allegedly shot Moncrief in the stomach.
Moncrief was taken to Jennie Stuart Health for treatment, but died from his injuries a short time later.
King and Hall were both seen fleeing the gas station in a red Toyota Solara 2d convertible with a tan colored top.
King was reported to have been driving the vehicle while Hall had been in the passenger seat.
Hall was arrested in Alabama on April 13 and was later transported to the Christian County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
King was arrested by Elkton Police the night of July 16 and was served a Christian County warrant for his connection in the murder of Moncrief.
In other court news, Katrina Grandberry, who is accused of stabbing a 47-year-old woman, had her bond reduced in Atkins’ court Wednesday morning.
Grandberry’s attorney Rick Sanborn argued to have her bond reduced based on her having no prior felony offenses or violent convictions and is not considered a flight risk.
“Not only does her history show no history of violence or felonies, she also has a place to live, a position to go to work and she would live with her employer,” Sanborn said. “She does not pose a flight risk and the $200,000 bond — Ms. Grandberry has been in for approximately four months, if I’m not mistaken. Possibly longer.”
Sanborn continued to request that Granderry’s bond be reduced along with any conditions that the court would see fit.
Sanborn also alleged that while Grandberry is charged with first-degree assault for stabbing the victim, Grandberry also had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after she was first struck by a baseball bat during the altercation between her and the victim.
“Both of the parties went to the hospital that night — there’s more to that story than just what’s in this complaint and that will come out, but right now Ms. Grandberry has been kept inside,” Sanborn said.
Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen, who’s prosecuting the case, stated that she has no knowledge of Grandberry going to the hospital and asked that her bond not be modified based on the nature of her charges.
“I don’t know anything about mutual combat, but what I do know is that Ms. Grandberry at the time of this offense was homeless and the victim allowed her to stay at her home,” Bolen said.
“I don’t know anything about mutual combat, all I know is that the defendant stabbed our victim multiple times in the legs, the torso and the head.”
After hearing both sides, Atkins ultimately granted Grandberry a bond reduction, reducing her bond to 10% of $50,000, or $5,000 in cash.
“If you haven’t raised that within two weeks, I’ll reconsider and perhaps make different bond recommendations, but for today’s purposes I will modify the bond to 10% of $50,000,” Atkins said.
The judge added that if she does make bond, Grandberry must stay away from the victim, cannot use drugs, alcohol or weapons and cannot receive new criminal charges.
Atkins then continued her case to another pretrial conference on Oct. 13.
Grandberry is charged with first-degree assault.
According to court documents, Grandberry stabbed the victim multiple times during an altercation on Dec. 14, 2020 at a home in Oak Grove.