Kentucky State Police Trooper Goes On Trial

The trial of a Kentucky State Police trooper charged with reckless homicide began today.

90 prospective jurors arrived at the Casey County Courthouse this morning.

Now, only 9 men and 5 women are left to decide if Trooper B.J. Burton is guilty of reckless homicide.

Trooper B.J. Burton is accused of punching Billy Phillips at the Adair County Jail.

Phillips hit his head and later died.

Last month, an Adair County judge approved a change of venue request.

The jury will report back to Casey County tomorrow morning, to hear testimony.

If convicted, Burton can face a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    The whole thing was on camera. It is unfortunate that a loved one was lost but the Trooper just acted as he was trained. Officers have been killed by hancuffed individuals.
  • by Mel Location: Lex on Dec 7, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    Not Guilty- thats sad.
  • by SGT Howard Location: Ky on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:00 PM
    Edgar you are an (edited) for your comments, put on the uniform and risk your life for all those who badger you and see how the shoe fits.
  • by 210 Location: Southeast Ky on Dec 6, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    Not guilty. Good news to those of us who know how much grief a Trooper gets for doing his/her job. If you see one driving fast with no lights and siren going you gripe. But if they don't get to your house five minutes after you called about those loud atv's you gripe. This Trooper defended from an attack,and if you think being attacked by a handcuffed man is no big deal then come put on a uniform. If a person attacks a Trooper handcuffed or not he will get hurt.
  • by landis tucker on Dec 6, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    I don't know how you people can write about something so jokingly what if this happened to a loved one of yours. Did any of you see what B.J. did to this man. Have a heart !!
  • by landis tucker on Dec 6, 2007 at 04:01 PM
    I saw BILLY after B.J. got done with. Yes by drinking and driving he need to go to jail but not to be buried. So say what you will. I just hope B.J. prays to GOD to forgive him because the LORD will not over look this as lightly as those did today.
  • by rather not for my safety Location: central ky on Dec 6, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    I'm glad to see justice prevail in this case but I do worry about the message this sends to a proticuliar local officer who I do wonder what message this sends to a local officer I work with on a dailey basis who is seen and talked about by many who is really out of control and power hungry and see if his attitude has risen cause he has even stated that "HE" is the law and can do as he wishes and loves the control over others. Off the record of course. But in this case I think the jury seen the truth and got a glimpse of what any police officer goes through daily and not all are out to be the law god but to do what they are trained to do to make it safer for us all. To bad a few don't but like the authority over the feelings of trying to help when they can.
  • by ADT Location: EASTERN KY on Dec 6, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    AMEN....There is a lesson to be learn here 1) not drink and drive 2) don't fight and hurt anyone yet alone a KSP trooper while handcuffed and drunk. It's that simple!!!Bad things happened whether he meant for them to happen or not.
  • by corey Location: Frankfort on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    The trial is over and the trooper has been found not guilty. this should have never went that far. This trooper was only doing what he was trained to do when someone attempts to attacked them. If someone attempts to hurt a trooper, they are perpared to defend themselves and go home to their families at the end of their shift. This is why the KSP is the top law enforement in the commonwealth. The true was brought out at the trial and the jury did the right thing and found him not guilty.
  • by Chris Location: Lex on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    Guess what guys and gals.....NOT GUILTY!!! Justice prevails....you don't fight the police!!

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