State Trooper Found Not Guilty

The jury of eight men and four women had more than two days of testimony and evidence to go over, but in the end, it took less than two hours to deliver the verdict.

The verdict was not guilty. The jury found that Trooper Burton isn't to blame for recklessly causing Billy Phillips death in the Adair County Jail.

The jury bought the claim that Trooper BJ Burton was just trying to protect himself from Phillips, who was being booked at the jail after being arrested for drunk driving.

Prosecutors argued that Burton laid into Phillips with two elbow strikes, a kick and a knee, which they say caused him to slam his head on the jail floor and die four days later.

However, it was a case the Commonwealth said wasn't easy to prosecute a police officer.


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  • by Every American Location: Chapt. 2 Other Side on Dec 12, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    I get my w-2 at the end of the year.I made 25,000 this year. My spouse made apx, 45,000. We live in an 80,000 home & live payday-payday.The offcr, down the the street only makes 30,000. How can he afford that 250-500,000 home? His wife must have a REALLY GOOD JOB, but wait, that's right, she DOESN'T WORK & came from a poor family. My teenage son would LOVE to have a truck to drive, but alas we can't afford it. My son says but Ofcr.????(Brad maybe) son has a truck, his dghtr. has a car, his wife drives a BMW, Oh look, they have a brand new boat in their yard and a trailer with 2 ATV's on it, not to mention the huge Pick-up that Ofcr.???? rides around in! WoW! I wish I could figure out how to live like that on an officer's salary. Oh well, I guess he is just very good at budgeting. I am going to just go on in to my job at a large central Ky. Detention Center as a health care provider and see what is waiting for ME to patch up.I am waiting for the elevator to open==continued/next chapter
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Dec 12, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    ex- 5-0 I agree I wouldnt work for the Somerset PD or Somerset Hospital. God that would make like unbearable. Jealous are you Flora? Then get an education.
  • by Cindy II on Dec 12, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    I agree with willis, it's exactly like the OJ Simpson trial, except the facts, people, places, times and charges are all different. Besides that, almost some of the other things are kind of exactly alike Will. Quit supporting the man Will! Join Cindy I, willis and I against all things that make sense.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    Yes, police are above the law, I had one tell me so. He could do what he wanted to me and nothing would be done to him.
  • by Will Location: Richmond on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    mr willis black, how is that even similar to the oj simpson trial? police arent above the law, it's just ppl like you that like to make it out that way... dont judge somebody until you walk a mile in his or her shoes.
  • by willis black Location: corbin,ky on Dec 12, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    This sounds like the O.J. Simpson trail to me.No man should be beatned to death with his hands handcuffed. Police should not be above the law.
  • by ex 5-0 on Dec 11, 2007 at 05:23 PM
    All hail Cindy!! All hail Cindy!! I have seen the error in my ways of protecting the law. I want to be just like you Cindy! All hail Cindy!! I can make twice as much (and apparently be about four times as bitter)! Yea! I have learned three things from you though: 1. don't apply for a job with the Somerset PD, 2. Don't go into an ER in Somerset and 3....no, I can only think of two. Well, I'm off to the store to buy some ugly-(edited) scrubs, green crocks and a big clipboard to set my coffee on. Oh and a big bag to put all of my money in ;)
  • by flora Location: crab orchard on Dec 11, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    cindy is it nice to brag about how much you make. i guess thats why our medical bills are so outrageous, that we cant afford it. it must be nice.
  • by Another American Location: Other Side of Brad's Tale on Dec 11, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    My neighbor goes to work. A half hour later, a police cruiser comes to his house. The police officer stays there for about an hour and leaves. He does this every night my neighbor is at work. Is the police officer protecting my neighbor's wife? A police officer beats and abuses his wife. His buddies on the force, ignore the woman's pleas for help. The chief promises to look into it, but nothing ever happens. The same officer stalks his ex wife and uses his authority to threaten anyone that she tried to date. An officer forges a letter and sends it to the local newspaper going on about the same kind of crap that Brad is going on with. When he gets caught, the force suspends him for five days. His credibility is ruined, yet he is still on the force and testifying against people. Yes the badges of this state are stained and tarnished, and no amount of cleaning can fix them now.
  • by Raymond Location: Richmond on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    ALAN FROM LETCHER CO. I read your post and what a stupid comment. You said that the Trooper should have used pepper spray or tried to TALK to the guy, are you serious? This Trooper was being attacked and yea none of us were there but pepper spray doesnt always work that well, Yea it hurts but you can keep on fighting and trying to talk to a guy while your getting your head caved in probally doesnt work either. The Trooper used his training that he was taught in the academy and guess what it worked, Its sadd that the guy died when he hit his head on the ground but thats not the Troopers fault and a Jury of his peers agreed and said not guilty. What happens if im out shopping with my family and we get robbed and as I fought for families and my own protection I elbow the guy and when he falls to the ground, he hits his head on the curb and he dies? do i go to prison for the rest of my life? NO I dont think so. This Trooper is in the same situation but different circumstance.

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