News and Tribune

Floyd County

July 27, 2013

Rift widens between New Albany police chief, Floyd County prosecutor

In letter, New Albany police Chief Sherri Knight changes search warrant process

FLOYD COUNTY — A letter recently obtained by the News and Tribune highlights a fractured relationship between the New Albany Police Department and the Office of the Floyd County Prosecutor.

The letter, written by NAPD Chief Sherri Knight and addressed to Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, lays out new procedures, including the police department no longer submitting search warrants for the prosecutor’s review, which brings into question the most efficient procedure in processing major crime scenes.

The broader picture, in at least one former prosecutor’s eyes, is whether Knight’s decision to remove Henderson’s office from the search warrant process compromises the Constitutional rights of county residents. While law enforcement agencies in the area have varying policies regarding search warrants — some see no problem with Knight’s action — her letter and change in procedure, is, at the very least, unique.

“It is hard to understand a law enforcement agency sending a letter like to that the prosecutor’s office of their county,” said Jeffersonville attorney David Mosley, of Mosley, Bertrand, Jacobs & McCall, who has more than 25 years of legal experience. “It suggests a really poor relationship between the New Albany Police Department and the prosecutor.”

Knight’s action was sparked by a triple-death investigation in March that captured headlines across the state and the ensuing fallout between the police department and the prosecutor’s office about the handling of evidence.

The letter is dated March 21, six days after Henderson held a news conference providing information about the Clutter family triple-death scene in Binford Park.

The three-paragraph letter reveals the rift between the two offices and includes statements regarding the interaction between police and prosecutors as search warrants are obtained and on major crime scenes.

 

LETTER OF A CHIEF

In the only statement received from Knight, she sheds light on her motivation of establishing the change in communication with Henderson’s office.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Floyd County
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.