Curriculum Vitae

Laura R. Schook
Capital Criminal Defense Investigator

(502) 641-0747

P.O. Box 367

Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Fax:  (812) 903-0467

EthicalinvestigationsLLC@gmail.com

www.Ethicalinvestigationsllc.com

 

KY Private Investigator License:  267224

IN Private Investigator License:  PI122000024

EDUCATION

05/1994: Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg, Indiana    

Career Development Certificate received. Law Enforcement Program. Deans List 4.0GPA .

 

10/1995: Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Plainfield, Indiana

Certified Police Officer class of 95-123.

9/2017: Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Minor Psychology & Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate with high distinction. Honors Program Medallion Graduate. 3.89 GPA

EXPERIENCE

1995 – 2015 Police Officer New Albany Police Department (Indiana) 

 

2017 –  Intern. June – October. Internship Department of Public Advocacy. Shelbyville Office. Mentored by Patti Fayed. Chief attorney Melanie Lowe Stratton. 

 

2018 –  2021 Louisville Metro Public Defenders Office Capital Trial Division. 

2018- Investigator. 16-CR-003371-002. Robbery 1st degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Gerad Carter. Plea negotiated. Amended to facilitation to robbery client received probation. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 17-F-002308. Murder, robbery 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, and wanton endangerment 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Gerad Carter. Plea negotiated.  Murder amended to Manslaughter 2nd degree. Robbery amended to robbery 2nd degree. Client received 10+5+5 concurrent.  

 

2018 – 17-CR-003708. Investigator. Murder (3 counts), arson 1st degree, and wanton endangerment (15 counts). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Da’Nesha L. Peden

 

2018 – Investigator. 15-F-005913. Murder, robbery 1st degree, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, persistent felony offender 1st: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Charles L. Richardson. Through litigation evidence of intellectual disability Commonwealth withdrew notice to seek death penalty but still sought LWOP. Trial with guilty verdict. Client received LWOP 25.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 16-F-008154. Murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jonathan Lewis Herndon. Plea negotiated.  Client was facing life but received 28 years. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 15-CR-1332-002. Murder, robbery 1st degree, theft by unlawful taking, traffic in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st offense: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Fahed “Adam” Abu-Diab. Plea negotiated. Robbery 1st degree, facilitation to murder. Client received 35 years 18 years are at 85%.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 17-CR-1783. Murder, robbery 1st degree, possession of a handgun by a felon, theft by unlawful taking-firearm, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Gemehr Murphy.  Plea negotiated. Client received 25 years. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 16-CR-2086. Murder (DV), and criminal abuse 1st degree- child 12 or under. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Mauricio Martinez. Plea negotiated. Client received 20 years at 85% and 5 years at 20%. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-CR-000289. Murder (2 counts), burglary in the 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence:  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Aaron Hernandez. Assigned in December. Case in progress- pending trial. 

 

2018 - Investigator. 18-CR-000202. Murder -DV (3 counts), kidnapping minor, criminal abuse 1st degree–child under 12 (2 counts), tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful imprisonment 1st degree (2 counts): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Christopher Olivo. Assigned February 2019. Case in progress- pending trial. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 17CR893. Murder, robbery 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Quenton Hall. –Conflicted from case and reassigned.

 

2018 – Investigator. 17-CR-001873-002. 2 counts Murder (complicity), persistent felony offender 2nd degree, attempted assault 1st degree, burglary 1st degree (complicity), robbery 1st degree (complicity), enhanced possession of controlled substance 1st degree; 1st offense-cocaine, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence (complicity), and receiving stolen property-firearm: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Shaleta Harris. – Conflicted from case and reassigned.

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-001260-002. Murder (complicity), robbery 1st degree (complicity), kidnapping-minor (complicity), enhanced trafficking in marijuana; 8 oz. to less than 5 lbs. 1st offense, convicted felon in possession of a firearm (complicity), theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000 (complicity), and tampering with physical evidence (complicity):  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Tiffany Rena Taylor.  –Conflicted from case and reassigned.

 

2018 – Investigator. 16-CR-930. Murder (2 counts), robbery 1st degree, trafficking in a controlled substance in the 1stdegree while in possession of a firearm- schedule 1 heroin two grams or more, and tampering with physical evidence:  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brian Hutchinson. Plea negotiated. Charges amended to Murder 2 counts, Robbery in 2nd degree, and tampering with physical evidence. Client received 20 years at 85% and 10 at 20%. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-CR-001385. Murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, receiving stolen property-firearm, tampering with physical evidence, and persistent felony offender 1st degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brandon A. Johnson. Assigned August 2018.  Plea negotiated.  Amended to manslaughter in the 2nd degree- 10 years. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon- 10 years. Receiving a stolen firearm- 5 years. Tampering w/ physical evidence- 5 years. Enhanced to persistent felony offender.  All to run consecutive. Total of 10 years at 85%.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 15-CR-000767-001.  Murder (complicity) and robbery 1st degree (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Ketrick Ballanger. Plea negotiated. 15 years to serve. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-CR-1866. Murder, and robbery 1st degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Ja’Quan McWilliams. Plea negotiated. Pled guilty to robbery in the 2nd degree. Client received 10 years, probated for 5 years.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 17-F-006200.  Murder, and robbery 1st degree:  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Robert Crittenden. Plea negotiated. Client was facing life. Amended to Manslaughter 1st degree. Client received 18 years. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-F-013737. Murder and robbery 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Yacir Raful. Plea negotiated. Client was facing up to LWOP.  Amended to Manslaughter 2nd degree, and robbery 1st degree. Client received 12 years. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 16-CR-2077. Assault 1st degree, and wanton endangerment 1st degree (2 counts). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Corey Duvan Gilbert. Plea negotiated. Client received 10 years with 20% parole eligibility. 

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-CR-003222. Murder (2 counts), criminal attempted murder, and wanton endangerment 1st degree (2 counts): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Gregory Alan Bush. Charged simultaneously in federal court.  Plea negotiated December 2020. Guilty but mentally ill on all charges and sentenced to LWOP.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 16-CR-1896. Murder (DV), and criminal abuse 1st degree- child 12 or under. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Spindle L. Johnson. Plea negotiated. Client received 20 years.  

 

2018 – Investigator. 18-CR-003427-002. Murder (complicity), and robbery 1st degree (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Damion Hayes. – Conflicted from case and reassigned.

 

2018 – Investigator. 19-CR-000010. Murder, and arson 1st degree:  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Christopher James Shuffett. Assigned November 2018. Case In progress- pending trial. 

 

2019 – Investigator. 18-CR-003691. Murder (complicity), and robbery 1st degree (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Devonte Travoy Walker

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-0271-001. Murder (complicity), 2 counts robbery 1st degree (complicity), tampering with physical evidence (complicity), trafficking in marijuana 1st offense; greater than 8 oz. less than 5 lbs. (complicity), and assault 1st degree (complicity), receiving stolen property; firearm (complicity) and wanton endangerment 1st degree (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. TayShon Ke’von Caudell.  

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-000166. Murder, robbery 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. William Alford Cissell. Assigned in January. 

 

2019 – Investigator. 09-CR-003016.  Murder, and robbery 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Percy Allen Phillips.  Case in- progress pending trial. 

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-000900. Murder (DV), and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO:  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Yoillime Martinez-Diaz.  

 

2019 – Investigator. 17CR3420, 18CR143, & 18CR3638. Possession of burglary tools, burglary, criminal syndication, engaging in organized crime, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of a controlled substance.  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Christopher Atwell. No true bill illegal possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. Criminal syndication dismissed.  Plea negotiated. Three incidents run consecutively. Client received 10 years at 20% parole eligible, probated for 5 years. 

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-001966. Murder (2 counts), and assault 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Shawn Lamont Hollingsworth. Assigned in July.   

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-001829. Murder (complicity) and robbery 1st degree (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Christopher Darrell Johnson. Assigned in July 2019. 

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-002071-002.  Murder (complicity): Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Ja’Quan Christopher McWilliams. Assigned in July 2019.  

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-1838. Convicted felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with physical evidence, escape I, escape II. 19CR2283. Murder, robbery 1st degree, convicted felon in possession of a firearm (2counts), wanton endangerment 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jeremiah Demetrius Wolfork. Plea negotiated. 19CR1838 Client received 10 years at 20% parole eligible. 19CR2283 Client received 20 years at 85% parole eligible. Both sentences run consecutively.  

 

2019 – Investigator. 16-CR-003380. Tampering with physical evidence, and illegal possession of a controlled substance 1st –cocaine (complicity). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Mohammad R. Beitulah.  Evidence was suppressed and case was dismissed without prejudice.  

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-F-009373, and 19-F008781. Murder, robbery 1st degree, assault1st degree, persistent felony offender in the 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Virg Alby Colyer

 

2019 – Investigator. 19-CR-002948. Murder, robbery 1st, and tampering with physical evidence: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Michelle Lenette Sarvis

 

2020 – Investigator. 19-CR-001384. Murder (DV), and criminal abuse 1st degree- child 12 or under: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Anthony Wayne Trice

 

2020 – Investigator. 20-CR-001379. Murder (2 counts), and robbery 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jennifer N. Kemp.  Assigned in June 2020. 

 

2020 – Investigator. 20-CR-001342-006. Murder, robbery 1st degree, and wanton endangerment 1st degree: Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Remeho Marnez Minefield Jr.  Case reassigned- Client sought private counsel. 

 

2020 – Investigator. 20-CR-001749. Murder (3 counts). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Michael E. Rhynes. Assigned August 2020. Case reassigned- Client sought private counsel.  

 

2020 – Investigator. 20-CR-001798. Murder (2 counts), and arson1st degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Alisha Rachele Abell. In progress. Assigned August 2020. 

 

2020 – Investigator. 17-CR-001410. Secondary investigator added to case in progress. Complicity Murder (complicity), kidnapping- victim death (complicity), and robbery 1st degree (complicity), attempt kidnapping- adult, and tampering with physical evidence (complicity). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Misty Lynn McKnight-Horlander. Case is in progress- pending trial. 

 

2020 – Investigator. 20-CR-1957.  Murder, robbery 1st degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Ashton Clay Nally. Charged simultaneously in federal court. 

2021 - Investigator. 21-CR-000134. Murder, domestic violence (2 counts).  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Thomas Virgil Hatfield.   

 

2021 – Investigator.  21-F-000705. Murder, wanton endangerment 1st degree, assault 1st degree, kidnapping-victim death, kidnapping-with serious physical injury, unlawful imprisonment, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Samantha Leigh Johnson.  

2021 - Investigator. 21-CR-000329.  Murder, burglary 1st degree, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence.  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Kameron Lamar Butler. 

2021 - Investigator. 20-CR-000992.  Murder, burglary 1st degree, robbery 1st degree, strangulation 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence.  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jacob Michael Burnett. 

2021- Investigator. 21-CR-00102. 21-CR-000104. 1st degree rape, 1st degree sodomy, 1st degree unlawful transaction w/ a minor less than 16 years old.  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Terrance Quantez Clark Jr.

2021- Investigator. 20-CR-00328. 1st degree sexual abuse, 1st degree sexual abuse w/ a minor less than 12 years old. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Byron C. Johnson. 

2021- Investigator. 20-CR-819. Murder, robbery 1st degree, assault 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jalen Williams. Trial. Guilty verdict.  Commonwealth offered 50 years.  Jury sentenced to 40 years.

2021- Investigator. 17-CR-00439. Sexual abuse 1st degree victim under 12 years of age.  Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Robert Carter.

2021- Investigator. 19-CR-00414. Sodomy 2nd degree. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Tommy Miller.

2021- Investigator. 21-CR-001711. 21-M-004074. Murder. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Bryan Bruce.

2020 – Investigator.  20-CR-001749. Murder (3 counts). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Michael E. Rhynes. Assigned August 2020.  Reassigned due to client sought private counsel.  *Added back onto Mr. Rhynes team in July 2021 after being retained by private counsel.

2021- Investigator. 14-CR-000114-001. Murder, rape, sodomy, robbery 1st. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Guy Marcus Allen. Acquitted.

2021- Investigator. 20-CR-000170. Murder (2 counts). Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Robert Montez Johnson.  

TRAINING
  • DPA 46th Annual Public Defender Conference Lexington Kentucky June 11-13, 2018 7.5 CLE’s

  • Capital Defense Institute Frankfort, Kentucky August 20-24, 2018 30.75 CLE’s

  • DPA 47th Annual Public Defender Conference Louisville June 10-11, 2019.

  • Systematic Criminal Defense Investigation Faubush, KY September 29-October 4, 2019 35 CLE’s 

  • Healthy at Home (COVID-19) DPA webinars:






     

  • DPA 48th Annual Public Defender Virtual Conference June 4-24, 2020. 13 CLE’s.

  • DPA Virtual Capital Defense Institute December 7-11, 2020. 23.5 CLE’s

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:  Bring your own case March 8, 10, 12, 15, 19 2021. 

  • May 6 NAPD webinar Google on steroids training provided by Public Defenders.us- Instructor Kevin W. McClain

  • May 18 NAPD webinar on KOMS Instructor Amanda Sayle

  • May 19 ARC webinar Internet Investigation part 2

  • May 20 NAPD webinar Internet Searching A-Z  Instructor Jon Lyons

  • May 26 NAPD webinar Protecting clients while preventing the new normal. Instructors: Emily Swintosky, Cary Gray and Erin Kincaid. 

  • Humanizing your client- Instructor Dannalyn Recer CLE 5F5-101 

  • The importance of a unified theory of life (part 1) - Instructor John Holdridge

  • The importance of a unified theory of life (part 2) - Instructor Stephen Bright CLE 5F5-885 

  • The team approach to capital defense - Instructors Amy Armstrong, Matt Silverman, Holly Clifton, Lubna Alyousfi CLE 5F5-444 

  • Investigating your client’s life - Instructor Kristy Davis CLE 5F5-583

  • Forward thinking litigation strategies - Instructor Cassy Stubbs CLE 5F5-999

  • Understanding your clients mental health - Instructor Dr. Shawn Agharkar CLE 5F5-911

  • They neurobiology of trauma - Instructor Julie Kriegler Ph.D. CLE 5F5-460

  • Avoiding & defeating dangerous psychiatric diagnoses - Instructor Dr. Sean O’Brein CLE 4R3-491

  • Intellectual Disability: Assessing adaptive functioning & considering other issues - Instructor Jim Patton CLE 5F5-883

  • Trauma in Capital Cases: Trauma as a theme for life - Instructor Kathy Wayland CLE 5F5-493

  • Forensic neuropsychological evaluations - Instructor Dr. Marlyne Israelian CLE 5F5-771

  • An introduction to the LEAP method - Instructor Andrew Strenio CLE 5F5-254

DPA Public Defender’s Conference May 10-11, 2021

  • Opening Session Lori James-Townes CLE 1.0

  • Working with Mitigation Specialist, Erin Kincaid, Cara Venning, & Jessica Shoemaker CLE 1.0

  • Policing as Trauma Ebony Howard & Sherika Shnider CLE 1.0

  • Forensic Red Flags:  A guide to spotting an issue, When to Litigate, & Why Shane Beaubien & Christine Madjar CLE 1.0

  • Investigating Juvenile Cases Rebba Omer & Seana Holland CLE 1.0

  • Investigating Mental Health & Choosing an Expert Workshop Erin Kincaid & Dr. Joette James CLE 1.0

  • Client Questions about Legal Process:  Criminal Law Basics for Non-Lawyers Terra Harper, Ray Ibarra, Jennifer Loving CLE 1.0

  • Online Investigations:  The Footprints Left Behind Michele Stuart CLE 1.0

  • Closing Session David Singletary & Damon Preston CLE 1.0 

CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSURE

International Association of Hostage Negotiators September 26, 2014 Expired September 26, 2016 Certification ID:  2032943

 

2015-Present:  Indiana Concealed Carry Permit (Lifetime)

 

Kentucky Notary Public ID# KYNP5979 Commission expires April 3, 2024

 

2020-Present:  Kentucky Private Investigators License # 267224

 

2020-Present:  Indiana Private Investigators License # PI122000024

2021- Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator: PENDING

 

AWARDS

Commendation for undercover drug work 1996

 

Commendation for armed robbery capture December 2, 2007

 

Commendation for burglary in progress capture January 7, 2008

 

New Albany Police Department Medal of Valor Recipient 2004

 

Commendation for armed robbery capture April 28, 2013

 

Recipient Frank Denzinger Servant Award Scholarship 2010

 

Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology April 17, 2015

 

IU Women’s Philanthropy Student Volunteer Leadership April 21, 2016

 

Overseas Study Scholarship November 10, 2016

 

Outstanding Student for Criminal Justice May 7, 2017

 

IU Summer Fellowship for Research/Creative Work Recipient May 7, 2017

 

Recipient John Resiert Scholarship 2015

 

Recipient David Star Jordan Scholarship 2015

 

Recipient Peer Mentor Scholarship 2016-2017

 

Recipient William Bryan Lowe Scholarship April 6, 2016

 

Recipient Chancellors Honors Program Scholarship 2016-2017

ORGANIZATIONS

Fraternal Order of Police                                                                             1995-2015

 

Hostage Negotiators Association                                                               2014-2016

 

National Society of Leadership and Success                                        2012-Present

 

Pennical Honor Society                                                                          2017- Present

 

American Legion Auxiliary Post 42                                                        2015-Present

 

Indiana University Southeast Social Science Advisory Board              2018-Present

 

National Association of Public Defenders                                             2018-Present

 

Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty                                2021-Present

 

Indiana Association of Private Investigators                                          2021-Present

 

Indiana Society of Professional Investigators                                       2021-Present

Indiana Public Defender Council                                                           2021-Present

REFERENCES

Available upon request