The woman accused in the 2019 Greenville Road murder was set to enter a plea deal Wednesday in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ court, but chose not enter a deal.
Anshanique Leavell, 22, appeared in Atkins’ court via Zoom while at the Christian County Jail last week when Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jerad Smith explained on behalf of Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling that a resolution had been in the case, but the commonwealth needed an additional court date for Leavell to officially enter a plea.
The details of that plea deal were not given in court on that date.
However, on Wednesday, Smith explained on behalf of Boling once again, that Leavell no longer intended to enter a plea deal.
“It’s my understanding that there’s been some change in circumstances and Ms. Leavell does not wish to resolve the case today,” Smith said to the court.
What those changes in circumstances were were not discussed in court Wednesday.
Leavell’s defense attorney Michael Thompson then requested that the case be given a short continuance to allow further negotiation between the defense and commonwealth.
“There’s been ongoing negotiations — I talked to Mr. Boling today — if we could put this on either that Jan. 27 or 28 date, whichever the court prefers,” Thompson said to the judge.
“I believe that we’re either going to settle it or set it for trial (on that date).”
Atkins agreed to the request and scheduled Leavell to appear at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28.
Leavell is accused in the shooting death of Amareya’ K. Freeman, 23, in June, 2019.
According to New Era archives, Freeman was found unresponsive after officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Greenville Road around midnight June 6. Freeman had a gunshot wound to his chest and was later pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Health.
Shortly after, officers came in contact with Leavell, who allegedly said in an interview with officers that she shot him. Police reports state Leavell also had a stolen handgun.
She is charged with murder and receiving stolen property (firearm).
In other court news, a woman accused in a child abuse and strangulation case received her final sentence Wednesday morning before Atkins.
Sheena Lynch, 30, appeared in Atkins’ court Wednesday morning via Zoom with her attorney Eric Bearden to receive her sentence for her involvement in the case.
Lynch was originally charged with two counts of first-degree strangulation, one count of complicity to tampering with physical evidence and one count of complicity to tampering with a witness.
Lynch previously entered a guilty plea to the amended charges of two counts of complicity to first-degree strangulation, while her complicity to tampering charges stayed the same.
With her plea deal, the commonwealth recommended that she be sentenced to a pretrial diversion.
A diversion means that if Lynch stays out of legal trouble for the period of the diversion and complies with any restrictions placed on her by the diversion, her charges would be dismissed.
On Wednesday, Atkins ultimately chose to follow the commonwealth’s recommendation and granted Lynch a diversion for a period of five years.
“I’m going to accept the pretrial felony diversion recommendation in your case Ms. Lynch. You’re not being formally sentenced today, you’re being placed under the supervision of a probation and parole officer,” Atkins said to Lynch.
“If you successfully complete your supervision period during the pretrial diversion, then your charges can be shown as dismissed, diverted. You’ll only be sentenced if you violate the conditions of your pretrial felony diversion and a hearing determines that you must be incarcerated.
“Eventually, I think, you’re subject to having everything expunged. So, you got a little bit of work to do, but I think you’re able to do that. I wish you the best of luck.”
According to New Era archives, Lynch was accused of being involved in a case where her husband, Bradford Lynch, 28, strangled their stepsons.
According to warrants in the case, Bradford Lynch smashed his stepdaughter’s cell phone before going into his stepsons’ bedroom and strangling one of them until his face turned red. Bradford Lynch then went to the other stepson and began to strangle him as well, the report added.
During this, the reports state Sheena Lynch was present and did not attempt to stop or prevent Bradford Lynch from strangling her sons.
Bradford Lynch previously entered a guilty plea to his charges and was sentenced by Atkins to 10 years in prison.
Bradford pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree strangulation, one count of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of tampering with a witness.