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Three Fayette Co. sheriff's deputies accused in stolen evidence scandal

Three Fayette County sheriff's deputies have found themselves on the other side of the law after being accused in a stolen evidence scandal.

After a lengthy investigation, Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt revealed the three men had some part in stealing guns confiscated by the Sheriff's Office and selling some of the guns to a pawn shop.

"The actions taken by these three individuals, one of which is now a former employee, are unacceptable and have resulted in swift action to relieve these individuals of their duties and to the placement of these charges today," said Sheriff Witt.

In a late afternoon news conference, the sheriff said her office began investigating the allegations several weeks ago.

The results of that investigation led to the arrests of Sgt. Merle McDaniel and former Sgt. Bill Beers, who resigned last week on theft related charges. A third employee, Major Chris Tudor, is also cited in the case.

According to the sheriff, all but one gun has been recovered and everything else in the vault is now accounted for.

McDaniel and Tudor have been suspended without pay.

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