Louisville man found guilty in Jennings County murder


A jury found a Louisville, Kentucky, man accused of killing a Jennings County resident guilty of murder on Monday.

Stephon Moore, 30, received that verdict in the April 15 killing of Donavon Booker after the trial that began Sept. 23 in Jennings Circuit Court.

The jury, which deliberated for nearly three hours, also found Moore guilty on a Level 1 felony charge of attempted murder.

Moore was found not guilty on another attempted murder charge and a Level 6 felony charge of theft of a firearm.

Jennings Circuit Judge Jonathan Webster had not scheduled a sentencing hearing as of Tuesday afternoon.

The verdict stems from an incident earlier this year when an altercation in the driveway of a home at 3972 Squire Lakes Blvd. escalated.

Frank Bailey, a suspect who had pleaded guilty on battery and disorderly conduct charges in the case, claimed he had been jumped earlier at the Country Squire Lakes home by four people for supposedly touching a woman named Trinity, according to court documents. Witnesses also told detectives the shooting, which was captured by a surveillance video, was about leaving a girl alone.

Witnesses said Booker was a bystander during the argument but died of a single gunshot wound to the upper torso while standing in the driveway.

Jennings County police said Booker was outside the home in Country Squire Lakes with two other individuals when he was shot.

Moore was represented by Columbus attorneys James A. Shoaf and Benjamin Scott Loheide. Prosecutor Brian Belding represented the state.

Two others who were arrested in the incident have cases pending in Jennings County courts. A third suspect has pleaded guilty.

Fashion Ellis, 31, of Louisville will stand trial Monday on a Level 5 felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

That trial, also to be presided over by Webster, is expected to last three days, according to court records.

Destiny Bailey, 24, of North Vernon has a case pending in Jennings County in the matter, too. She faces a Level 5 felony charge of assisting a criminal, but a trial has not been scheduled.

Frank Bailey pleaded guilty July 2 to battery and disorderly conduct charges and was sentenced by Jennings Superior Judge Gary Smith to a year in jail the same day. He received credit for 110 days and had 255 days suspended, according to court records.

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