Jefferson Co. constable offered plea deal in Wal-Mart shooting case

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 1:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Jefferson County constable charged with assault has 45 days to take a plea agreement or head to trial.

David Whitlock is charged with shooting a suspected shoplifter in a Walmart parking lot. On Wednesday he was in court for a pre-trial conference.

Prosecutors have offered Whitlock a plea agreement. The deal would knock his charges down to second degree assault. He would also be put on pretrial diversion.

His attorney, Brian Butler says if Whitlock were to agree to the deal and follow all the rules of diversion, the charges against him could be dropped. Butler says it is a fair deal, but they need to consider it more. The bargain would also mean Whitlock would no longer be able to serve in the law enforcement field.

Whitlock has until September 11 to make a decision. If he doesn't take the plea agreement, his case will go to trial in January.

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