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LA GRANGE – An Oldham County Grand Jury failed Friday to indict two men from Shelby County for conspiracy to commit murder.
Thomas L. Wenz, 22, and Casey Endicott, 18, both of Shelbyville, had been charged in October with that crime and several others during an arrest of eight people by La Grange Police.
When the Grand Jury returned its indictments on Friday, the conspiracy to commit murder and possession of cocaine charges were dismissed.
Wenz and six others were indicted on one count each of engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, and Wenz individually was indicted on one charge of criminal gang recruitment. A second conspiracy to commit murder charge had been dropped earlier.
Endicott has not been indicted on any charges. He has a competency hearing in district court today to resolve whether he can be referred to a grand jury.
The eight individuals allegedly are part of the Southside Crips gang.
Four others involved with the case also saw a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, dropped from their cases going forward.
Felix A. Myers, 20, Donnie A. Lane, 22, Gabrielle Beach, 22 and Brandon L. Davis, 18, all of La Grange, were indicted on one count each of engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
The seven were arrested in early October at 104 W. Madison Street in La Grange, after a 3-week investigation by La Grange Police. According to La Grange Police, investigators found a marijuana grinder and two smoking devices when they raided the home.
Officer Mike Jump testified pre-indictment that La Grange Police also received confessions from many of those indicted that they had smoked marijuana before being arrested.
The next court date for the seven indicted individuals has not been set.