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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Ron Killings resigned Wednesday morning after being indicted on multiple charges in the death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White.
A grand jury handed down indictments for reckless homicide, tampering with evidence and filing a false report. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony, and tampering with evidence is a Class C felony. Killings could serve three to six years in prison for each charge.
White was killed after being struck by Killings' unmarked patrol car around 8:45 p.m. on July 18, 2008. According to Murfreesboro Police, White was visiting her grandmother's home at Wyndor Apartments and was crossing Bradyville Pike to go to her aunt's house in the 1400 block of Bradyville Pike when she was hit.
White was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital where she died around midnight.
White's family and witnesses said they saw Killing dispose of two liquor bottles from the trunk of his car after he hit the 11-year-old Hopkinsville, Ky., girl. When neighbors tried to tell officers about the bottles, they said they were ignored or even threatened with arrest.
"I saw an undercover police officer going real fast. The girl was crossing the street; he hit her and when he hit her she landed at the mailbox. He got out of the car throwing a bottle. He got a cover to cover her up," eyewitness Jonathan Smith said.
FACT commander Sgt. Sam Campbell said White darted in front of Killings' vehicle and that Killings never saw her.
"There have been other media reports that he put a blanket on her. What he did, Sgt. Killings is also apart of our FAST: our tactical team if you will. He removed his Nomex flight suit that he wears with the team and covered her up assuming she may go into shock," said Sgt. Dan Goodwin with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.
Campbell also said he "found no evidence that would indicate alcohol was involved".
Blood tests were taken two and a half hours after the crash, and they came back negative for drugs and alcohol.
In November 2008, Murfreesboro police released documents that said assistant crash team Commander Shawn Murphy admitted he not only knew about a liquor bottle allegedly dumped by Killings, but he photographed it and still didn't collect it as evidence.
NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:52:56 GMT
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