Special prosecutor appointed in Hodgenville Police chief case

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 5:38 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A special prosecutor and judge will take over an ongoing case of official misconduct and hindering prosecution involving the Hodgenville Police chief.

On Wednesday, Chief Steven Johnson's case was once again in front of a judge. Johnson was not in court; however, his defense attorney and a prosecutor met to discuss his case before Judge Derek Reed.

"Matthew Hite will be the special prosecutor," Judge Reed said.

Hite, from Nelson County, was brought in so there would be no conflict of interest and the changes didn't stop there.

The judge also said it was in the best interest of the case for the court to remove itself. Reed said he had a long history with Johnson during his 13 years on the bench in LaRue County.

A special judge will be appointed in the coming weeks. Johnson's defense says the case won't stand in trial.

"I think when we get to the evidence in this case, you'll find he's not guilty," Danny Rock, Johnson's attorney, said.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.
 

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