One of the four suspects involved in the 2019 Walmart carjacking and shooting of Hopkinsville police officer Jeremy Davidson appeared in Christian Circuit Court on Wednesday morning to enter a plea deal.
September Neblett, 25, appeared via Zoom in Judge John Atkins’ court while being held at the Christian County Jail while her defense attorney, Chris Woodall, appeared in person in the courtroom.
Neblett was originally charged with complicity to first-degree robbery and receiving stolen property under $10,000.
She entered an Alford plea Wednesday to the amended charge of facilitation to first-degree robbery but kept the receiving stolen property under $10,000 charge.
Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jerad Smith shared with the court that her deal carries a recommended sentence of five years with the commonwealth opposed to probation but not opposed to being released on ankle monitor prior to her final sentencing.
The plea also requires Neblett to agree to truthfully testify against Keith Kuzyk, 28, who was the suspect involved in the case that allegedly shot the police officer and provide the commonwealth with a “more detailed statement,” Smith said to the court.
After entering the plea, Atkins scheduled Neblett’s final sentencing hearing for Dec. 2. Atkins then agreed to allow her release pending her sentencing hearing on ankle monitor with several conditions.
Those conditions require her to only leave her home to go to her attorney’s office, the hospital or her doctor’s office or the probation and parole office.
Neblett’s sister and co-defendant in the case, Autumn Neblett, 26, appeared via Zoom directly after Neblett.
Autumn’s defense attorney, David Rye, shared with the court that while she is ready to accept the commonwealth’s most recent offer, she is not yet able to enter a plea deal.
“She is not (ready to enter a plea) judge, she has a wrinkle that Neblett did not have,” Rye said.
“We basically have a plea worked out, however, she has a hold out of Montgomery County. I’m going to talk with her probation officer down there — she’s got 20-something months in.”
Rye requested that her case be continued to a date in November, on which he said Autumn will enter a plea.
Atkins agreed with Rye’s request and scheduled her final pretrial conference for Nov. 4.
Autumn is currently charged with complicity to first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property under $10,000 and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Rye shared that her plea will be similar to Neblett’s, meaning those charges are likely to be amended.
The other two defendants in the case, Anthony Johnson, 20, and Kuzyk, were not scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
Kuzyk is allegedly responsible for shooting Davidson in the arm and head.
He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property under $10,000, theft by unlawful taking of an auto over $10,000 and two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
Kuzyk also has charges out of Montgomery County, Tennessee, for the same incident.
Johnson’s charges are first-degree fleeing or evading police and receiving stolen property under $10,000 for his connection to the incident.
According to New Era archives, on Feb. 18, 2019, the group of four took part in robbing a man of his car, later leading to a car chase where Kuzyk shot officer Davidson twice.
In other court news, a man accused of raping a woman in Oak Grove, had his case scheduled for trial.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez appeared in court via Zoom while at the jail while his defense attorney Ben Fletcher appeared in person in the courtroom to request that his case be set for a jury trial as Gonzalez had not agreed to a plea offer.
Atkins agreed to Fletcher’s request and scheduled his trial for April 1 and 2. He then asked the defense where they were with evidence in the case.
Fletcher shared that he had received most of the evidence, including the results of a rape kit.
Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen added all of the lab work in the case had been completed.
Fletcher also advised that he would likely request a evidentiary hearing soon.
According to New Era archives, Gonzalez was arrested by Oak Grove Police after they were advised by a female victim that he had sexually assaulted her. The victim was reportedly treated for injuries at Jennie Stuart Health following the incident.
Gonzalez was later found at his home puking in the shower and allegedly had blood on his person.
He is charged with first-degree rape.