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Carlos Lamont ORDWAY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery - Drugs
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: August 11, 2007
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: June 21, 1981
Victims profile: Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodriques Turner, 25 (his alleged accomplices in a Louisville bank robbery)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on October 29, 2010

Carlos Lamont Ordway, DOB 6-21-81, was sentenced to death on October 29, 2010 in Fayette County for two counts of murder. 

On August 11, 2007 Carlos Ordway killed 2 men in a gun fight in Lexington, KY.  Both victims were found in their vehicle.  One was pronounced dead at the scene and one was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Ordway fled the scene of the crime but was apprehended later on the same day.


Judge Goodwine sentences man to death for Lexington murders

By Greg Kocher -

October 30, 2010

A former Louisville man was sentenced to death Friday for the 2007 murders of two men in Lexington.

Carlos Ordway, 29, was convicted in July of fatally shooting Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodrieques Turner, 25, both of Louisville, while the two were inside a car on Appian Way.

Before Ordway was sentenced Friday, public defender Sam Cox noted that even Turner's mother, in a letter to the judge filed in the court record, said that she would be satisfied with life without parole.

Cox and co-public defender Dennis Shepherd had argued during the trial that Ordway acted in self-defense. But at the conclusion of a two-hour sentencing hearing, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine said "the jury chose not to believe Mr. Ordway's self-defense theory."

The jury recommended the death penalty, "and this court is going to carry out the sentence of the jury," Goodwine said.

Goodwine said she had reviewed similar death-penalty cases involving multiple murders.

The defense said that Ordway grabbed Turner's gun and shot the two men after one of them put a gun to Ordway's head and took drugs from him.

The judge rejected a defense motion that there was insufficient evidence to put Ordway to death.

"We had a thoroughly circumstantial case, and at the very best we had a guess as to what happened in that moving vehicle, in that neighborhood at 10 o'clock at night," Shepherd said.

But Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said "juries don't want to sentence people to death. In this instance, the jury believed that the evidence was so strong against that defendant, that they believed that that was the appropriate punishment for what he did."

Goodwine agreed, saying "the evidence supports the finding of the jury on two counts of intentional murder."

Goodwine rejected a defense argument that Ordway should not be sentenced to death in the name of "conservation of the commonwealth's resources" during a time of recession.

"I don't think anybody would argue that the commonwealth is in recession, and that there is an added cost to putting someone on Death Row. There is no question about that," Goodwine said. "But quite honestly, I believe ... that is a debate that is more appropriate to be addressed in the legislature."

She also rejected a defense motion that execution should be removed as a sentencing option "because of a historical bias in using the death penalty against African-American defendants."

"Obviously, you don't have to explain to me the historical predicament of African-Americans," said Goodwine, who is black. "But, again, I think the job of a trial judge in imposing a sentence is to do so color-blind. ... I try to do that in any case, regardless of the race of the defendant."

Ordway spoke only during the beginning of the hearing, when he asked Goodwine why he was handcuffed and shackled, and why the courtroom had eight law enforcement officers watching him in the courtroom.

"I ain't disrespected nobody," Ordway said.

Goodwine responded that as a convicted felon, Ordway no longer had a presumption of innocence, and that he was being treated as any similar defendant would.


Fayette jury recommends death penalty in 2007 slayings

By Josh Kelgey -

July 30, 2010

A Fayette Circuit Court jury recommended the death penalty Thursday night for Carlos Ordway of Louisville for the slayings of two men in 2007.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on two murder counts Wednesday. Other potential sentences were 20 to 50 years, life in prison, life without parole for at least 25 years and life without parole.

Formal sentencing by Judge Pamela Goodwine is scheduled Sept. 10.

Dennis Shepherd, one of two public defenders who represented Ordway, said he was "certain there would be an appeal." Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson declined comment, saying it was inappropriate until after formal sentencing.

Ordway, 29, was accused of fatally shooting Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodrieques Turner, 25, both of Louisville, while the two were inside a car on Appian Way in Lexington. Defense attorneys argued during the trial that Ordway acted in self-defense.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys were given the chance to address the jury one last time before asking them to select a penalty. Both Larson and public defender Sam Cox focused largely on Ordway's troubled childhood.

Cox told jurors of a mother who didn't love Ordway, a father who wasn't there, and an 8-year-old Ordway who slept with hammers and screwdrivers in his bed to protect himself from visions.
"He was afraid," Cox said. "He saw things."

Larson said those difficulties provide no excuse for the killings and 13 other convictions in Ordway's past involving using a gun in a crime.

"Practically all children raised in those kind of circumstances do not commit murder," Larson told jurors. "We're sorry ... but that does not give him the right to take a life, let alone two."

Prosecutors said Ordway fired a gun into a car that had crashed on Appian Way on Aug. 11, 2007. Lewis was hit five times, Turner three, Larson said.

The defense argued that the killing was self-defense, saying Turner and Lewis robbed Ordway. Ordway grabbed Turner's gun and shot the two men after one of them put a gun to Ordway's head and took drugs from him, the defense said.

Though the jury rejected self-defense, Cox asked them Thursday to consider "mitigating circumstances" when selecting a sentence for Ord way, saying the death penalty would cause his family, including his mother, sisters and children, to suffer. Larson argued otherwise.

"Carlos Ordway is a very dangerous man," he told jurors. "His reaction is always to shoot first.

"The only real appropriate penalty is death."


Appian Way double-murder called self defense

Shawntaye Hopkins -

July 21, 2010

Defense attorneys for a Louisville man accused of killing two men in a car on Appian Way about three years ago say the defendant did not act guilty immediately following the shooting because he had acted in self-defense.

Prosecutors, however, say Carlos Ordway, 29, fired shots into a car that had crashed, killing Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodrieques Turner, 25, both of Louisville. After firing those fatal shots, prosecutors say, Ordway then attempted to car-jack two vehicles in the area.

The contrasting viewpoints on what unfolded the night of Aug. 11, 2007, were offered during opening statements in the capital murder trial that began Tuesday morning in Fayette Circuit Court. The trial before Judge Pamela Goodwine is expected to end by July 29.

Investigators say Ordway was riding in the front passenger seat of the vehicle that was driven by Turner. Lewis was seated directly behind Ordway as the trio traveled from Louisville to Lexington.

The three men were heading to Lexington because Ordway had drugs to sell and Turner had made the arrangements with the buyers, defense attorney Sam Cox said. Ordway did not know Lewis, a longtime friend of Turner, was also going to Lexington. They picked up Lewis before leaving town.

Cox said Turner and Lewis robbed Ordway while in the area of Armstrong Mill Road and Appian Way. Lewis put a gun to the back of Ordway's head, and Turner also had a firearm. Ordway handed Turner some Ecstasy pills and gave Lewis cocaine. But, Cox said, Lewis wasn't satisfied.
"He had no choice but to fight for his life," Cox said of Ordway.

The defense said Ordway grabbed Turner's gun while Lewis was putting the drugs in his underwear and then shot Lewis. Ordway then shot Turner and the car crashed, Cox said.

Cox said Ordway shot the men again once he was outside the car because Lewis had started to get out of the vehicle and the other gun had fallen near Turner.

At least one witnesses said he saw Ordway open Lewis' door and shoot into the vehicle. Other witnesses could not recall how the door was opened.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lori Boling told the jury that witnesses reported Ordway was standing outside the vehicle after it crashed and reached into the car and shot the two men.

After the shooting, Boling said Ordway attempted to stop two passing vehicles and tried to force the occupants out of their cars.

Susan Jeffries of Lexington testified that she was traveling with her mother-in-law when a man she later identified as Ordway approached the car and pointed a gun at the window. Jeffries said Ordway wanted them to get out of the car.

But defense attorneys said Ordway did not attempt to flee and did not try to steal any vehicles.
Cox said Ordway yelled for the women who were near the intersection to get out of the area because it was dangerous; not to get out of the car.

Defense attorney Dennis Shepherd questioned whether Jeffries misread the situation. He asked her whether she saw a difference in two phrases: "Get out" and "Get out of the car."

Jeffries said she did not see the difference, and said Ordway was pulling on the door handles.

The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to murder, Ordway is charged with tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.


Carlos Lamont Ordway



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