While on parole for 10 counts of Robbery I,
Wheeler killed Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield. Both of the victims
were stabbed multiple times. When detectives arrived at the scene they
discovered the murder weapon, a pair of scissors, still in the neck of
one of the victims and a blood trail leading from the victims to the
streets. Blood samples collected at the scene matched Wheeler's blood.
Jefferson County, in 1997, while on parole for 10 counts of Robbery,
this killer stabbed the victim Nigel Malone nine times and left him to
bleed to death. The victim Nairobi Warfield was three months pregnant
at the time, and this killer strangled her and stabbed her with
scissors, which he left embedded in her neck.
Roger Lamont Wheeler was convicted by a jury of the
intentional murders of Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield. The
circumstance is that Wheeler's acts of killing were intentional and
death on each conviction.
Louisville police discovered the bodies of the victims in
the apartment the
victims shared. The male victim was found in a hallway near
the bathroom. He had
suffered nine stab wounds. Two stab wounds to the chest
wereconsidered the fatal
wounds by the medical examiner. She described the crime sceneas
spatters on the floor, walls, furniture and appliances.
examiner believed that the main struggle occurred in the kitchen and
to the hallway where the body of the male victim was found.
died as a result of manual strangulation. The medical examiner
she believed the struggle between the female and her
assailant occurred in the
bedroom where she was found.
The female victim had
multiple abrasions on the
left side of her neck and lacerations with a bruise on her mouth
bruises on her lips. Her body was found in a seated position,
a bedroom wall. She was covered with a blanket or quilt and a
protruding from her neck.
The medical testimony determined that she
stabbed with the scissors after she was already dead. During the
medical examiner discovered that the female victim was pregnant.
on the floors and walls in nearly every room in the
apartment. Numerous blood
samples were also collected at the scene and were subject
to laboratory testing.
No fingerprints were found on the scissors.
Wheeler denied killing
victims but he changed his story on several occasions. Originally, he
being inside of the apartment on the night the murders occurred but
admitted being in the apartment on that night.
He claimed that Nigel
already stabbed, but that he did not see Nairobi Warfield. He also
the assailant was already inside the apartment and he and that person
which was why he was wounded.
During the trial that began in February
trial judge instructed on one aggravating circumstance, intentional
resulted in multiple deaths. The trial judge also instructed on
circumstances that Wheeler was under the influence of extreme
disturbance; that his capacity to appreciate the criminality of his
actions or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law was
a result of intoxication and any other circumstances that the jury