Wife Of Former Sheriff's Detective Fears For Her Safety
by Nick Beres
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - In a high profile trial, a jury found Ron Killings not guilty of reckless homicide in the death of a child. But now two years later he found himself back before a judge.
The sad case of Lakeisha White stunned middle Tennessee. Killings, a Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective at the time, hit and killed the 11-year-old with a car while responding to a call. Witnesses told Murfreesboro Police Killings tried to dispose of a tequila bottle after the crash, but at trial blood tests showed Killings was not under the influence.
Killings' wife supported him after the incident and was by his side in courtroom during the trial. They left together after he was found not guilty, but now things have changed.
"In this case it was the woman came in and she wanted protection from her husband which means that the husband needs to stay away," said Stacy Crosley, a volunteer court advocate.
Killings' wife filed a petition for an Order of Protection last month. She writes of " ... several incidents with my husband where he has manhandled me and bullied me ... I'm frightened because things seem to be escalating."
Crosley said Killings wife outlined her fears.
"You're asking the judge to tell the abuser to stay away from you," said Crosley.
In the petition, Killings' wife goes on to write: "My husband's behavior gets worse when he is drinking ... He drinks frequently. I think almost every day. I am scared ... something bad is going to happen.
Killings has not been charged with any crime, but a judge granted a temporary order of protection meaning Killings can have no contact with his wife.
NewsChannel 5 tried unsuccessfully to reach Killings through his attorney. Killings no longer works in law enforcement.