Liquor Bottle Evidence In Child's Death

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Mufreesboro district attorney Bill
Whitesell says a liquor bottle recovered after a Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective struck and killed an 11-year-old girl can be used as evidence.
The Murfreesboro Police Department is investigating the July 17
incident in which Lakeisha White of Hopkinsville, Ky., was fatally injured.
Lt. Ron Killings was on duty and driving an unmarked county car at about 8:45 p.m. when the child was struck as she crossed a street to return to her aunt's home after visiting her grandmother.
A bottle of premixed margaritas was recovered by a witness who
told police he saw Killings dispose of it.
Investigators initially ignored witness claims about the liquor bottle, but police took possession of it July 28.
Police say routine screenings found no liquor or drugs in Killings' system at the time the girl was struck.
Information from: The Daily News Journal,

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  • by ASM Location: Kentucky on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    I am so sorry that any child lost her life. I am also sorry that this officer didn't turn over what has now been deemeed evidence. But I agree with Gayle. Being a social worker, I am not sure that I wouldn't have made the same snap decision that this officer did. We are constantly exhausted from working more hours than a human should have to put in and being away from our families. We are held to a higher standard in our community and have to watch everything we do. How many of you know that our State Police aren't paid for their over time? They are allowed to accumulate comp time, but often can't even take that time off because of the needs of the community. Many of them have YEARS of time accumulated. So think about this...if you were exhausted from work and stressed beyond belief would your decision be the right one all the time? I feel for everyone involved but don't hang a victim of circumstance. It could happen to any of us.
  • by Gayle Location: KY on Aug 8, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    My prayers and sympathy go out to the little girl's family. This officer in question knew if they found the bottle the day it happened that they would of taken him straight to jail; no ands, ifs or butts about it. We are always under a microscope regardless of who we are or what we do. He shouldn't of hid that darn bottle, but we do stuff in haste decisions. BUT they did alcohol testing and drug testing on him and found him with none in his system. So why are they making a big fuss about this bottle?? Our police officers put their lives on the line for us day in and day out and so what when they are at home and off duty that they have a drink? Have you ever thought that he just bought it? Do you think this man is happy right now? No he isn't, I would bet that there isn't a minute that hasn't went by since this accident that he doesn't recall it. He probably can't eat or sleep from rehashing this accident. So give him a break and leave him alone. It was an ACCIDENT!!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Aug 8, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    liquor bottle but nothing in his system? Then why hide it?/Wouldn't be the first time cops covered for cops..Something stinks
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Aug 8, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    If no drugs or alcohol was in his system.....what has the bottle got to do with it? The bottle didn't hit the little girl.He was not drunk it was an accident.While my heart goes out to the family of this little gal, it clearly was an accident.Case closed. May she rest in peace.
  • by Dee Location: Lexington on Aug 7, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    If you have witnesses who told you they saw the officer dispose of the bottle, why wouldn't you go ahead & take that bottle as evidence right then? If the claim later turned out to be untrue, then you get rid of it...but at least you could check it out while it's fresh. I'll tell you why, because a police officer was the accused offender. Had the man who struck that child been your average Joe, that bottle would have been packaged up as evidence on the spot.


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