Trooper Johnny Edrington's last days were spent at the London State Police post....but Campbellsville was home. Edrington's law enforcement career began at the city's police station...where longtime friend and former state police investigator Dennis Benningfield is now chief.
“We all miss him and hope that someday justice can be served,” says Benningfield, who not only grew up with Edrington in Taylor County, but once was assigned to the cold case.
In 18 years there's been no suspect named and no arrests. But police believe they're closer than ever to possibly naming the person who shot and killed Edrington when police say the trooper was responding to a traffic stop on Hwy. 80 near London.
“Yeah, there's an individual that we have looked at for several years now,” says Benningfield.
In the 18 years since Edrington's death, police say the work of a state trooper is much safer. Police attribute that to better training and the use of more advanced equipment, such as cruiser cameras. One policeman say had one been in Edrington's cruiser the night he was killed, his murder today would probably not be a mystery.
“You always wonder what happened, sometimes you get to thinking about it and you wonder what really did happen,’’ says Lt. Terry Lile, who wasn’t a police officer when Edrington was killed but the two were close friends growing up.
“Johnny was a person who loved living. He was the kind of person who enjoyed life whether he was living or off duty.”
More than twenty investigators have been assigned to the Edrington case throughout the years and police say despite the time it's taken...they're still confident the break they need will come.