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Jurors Will Not Hear Evidence Of Alcohol In Killings Trial

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - NewsChannel 5 has learned crucial evidence against Ron Killings will not be allowed in court. A grand jury indicted Killings last year with reckless homicide in the death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White on Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro.

Family members said the investigation into Lakeisha White's death has been one blunder after another.

"He was caring more about bottles," said victim's godmother Rose Collier. "He's a trained police officer. He should have been jumping out of his car going to perform CPR."

Instead video showed Killings buying a Gatorade at a Murfreesboro Mapco 30 minutes after hitting Lakeisha.

Witnesses said they saw the former Rutherford County sheriff's deputy remove a liquor bottle from his trunk, a bottle eventually collected by police.

Loved ones are still hopeful of a conviction of reckless homicide for Killings, but the prosecution said the family was robbed of a key piece of evidence.

"I just wish that he would fess up and say ‘man I screwed up' and call us and say ‘I'm sorry,'" said Collier.

Blood tests found Killings was not drunk, but prosecutors still wanted to tell jurors about Killings' conduct in trying to dispose of the liquor bottle.

On Tuesday Judge David Bragg ruled to exclude the liquor evidence saying it was not relevant. Legal experts said this was a big victory for Killings as he fights the reckless homicide charge.

Ron Killing's attorney did not return NewsChannel 5's phone calls on Tuesday. Killings' trial is scheduled to begin on October 13.

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