Skip to comments.Rutherford Co. Deputy Rehired After Fatal Wreck
Posted on 08/11/2010 8:23:25 PM PDT by nmh
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Channel 4 News has learned that a controversial deputy has been rehired in Rutherford County.
Ron Killings was acquitted earlier this year by a jury in the 2008 traffic death of 11-year-old old Lakeisha White.
Outgoing Sheriff Truman Jones confirmed Wednesday that he has rehired Killings.
Incoming sheriff, Robert Arnold, said that he did not want Killings back in the department but he isn't saying whether he"ll fire Killings when he's sworn in.
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Republican Robert Arnold just defeated longtime Democrat Sheriff Truman Jones. Democrat Jones is trying to cause as much trouble as possible on the way out.
Apparently killing children due to gross negligence is not enough to lose your job in Tennessee.
The prosecution said Killings was driving more than twice the posted speed limit on Bradyville Pike. Killings testified that he was responding to a call for back-up in the area. He said his squad car was in stealth mode, meaning his lights and siren were not turned on.
Killings faces two more charges, one for tampering with evidence and one for giving a false statement.
Jerry Lynn Champion, a former LaVergne detective who knew Killings from their work in law enforcement, testified Wednesday that she was on the phone with killings at the exact time his vehicle hit the child.
According to phone records, the call lasted six minutes and ended abruptly.
Two members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol critical incident response team testified Wednesday. They said that Lakeisha was probably thrown 150 feet that night, and that if Killings had been going the speed limit, the crash would have not happened.
So you kill an 11 year old kid because you are speeding like a bat out of hell, and you think that you should still be a cop. That’s chutzpah there. I guess he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. And that is telling of his character. Keep guns and badges as far away as possible from this Barney Fife.
I have never understood the “stealth mode”. Why not at least use the lights? I was nearly hit broadside by a cop running a red light in stealth mode. (He cursed me out through the car window before taking off)