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Former Detective Wants Case Dismissed

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By Nick Beres 

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Just days before his trial, former Rutherford County detective Ron Killings wants the reckless homicide case dismissed.  

Killings' attorney said his client has been unfairly singled out for prosecution because of his race.  

He is charged in the death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White in July of 2008. He hit the little girl on Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro while responding to an officer's call for help.  

Killings was accused of removing a tequila bottle from his car after the incident. Blood tests found he was not drunk. 

Legal analyst Jim Todd said Killings and his attorney filed a motion claiming the reckless homicide charge is unfair. 

"The defense is asking to dismiss the case prior to trial saying that Mr. Killings is singled out as a protected class based on race - that the prosecution is race based and the case should be thrown out," said Todd. 

The motion sites 58 fatal, non-alcohol related incidents in Rutherford County in the past five years. There has been only one prosecution for reckless homicide. The case involved a woman, and Killings is the second case. 

A judge will hear the latest motion on Friday. Killings is scheduled to go to trial on February 8.

E-mail: nberes@newschannel5.com  

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