Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cover-Up Alleged To Protect Former Pike County Prosecutor

Two former Indiana State Police officers have been indicted for covering up evidence that a former Pike County prosecutor was implicated in an 18-year-old murder case. The AP's Ryan Lenz reports:

A grand jury has indicted two retired Indiana State Police investigators in an unsolved murder, saying they covered up evidence implicating a former Pike County prosecutor as a possible suspect in the 18-year-old slaying.

Former investigators James Verle and Larry Eck were free on bail Thursday after their arrests Wednesday on felony perjury charges.

The indictment says they misled investigators by removing then-prosecutor Mark Sullivan from a list of potential suspects in the June 1988 murder of Rick Deffendall at his Oakland City home. It also says they ordered a subordinate to exclude information that linked Sullivan romantically to Deffendall's ex-wife from state police files.

"This grand jury can only assume that the motivation for such cover-up is that such evidence would be damaging to Sullivan," the indictment said.

The indictment does not suggest Sullivan was involved in Deffendall's death, but rather faults the investigators for failing to pursue him as a suspect. State police never interviewed Sullivan in the case, the document states.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Sullivan, who now lives in Terre Haute, were unsuccessful because he does not have a telephone number listed in his name . . .

The indictment also named Charity Delaney, Steven Hill and Billy Corlett, all of whom were arrested on perjury charges. Delaney remained in the Pike County Jail on Thursday, while Hill and Corlett posted $750 cash bail and were released, Pike County Sheriff Todd Meadors said.

Justice delayed?


Anonymous said...

Mark Sullivan currently serves as the Democrat member of the Marion County Election Board.

Anonymous said...

And he also represent Dr. Ackles the Marion County Coroner.

Anonymous said...

It's great to live in a time where we want to chase the cops and leave the real criminals alone. Instead of indicting the former police maybe they should try to solve the murder case!!!

Anonymous said...

Why lie if there's nothing to hide? Doesn't make sense. Law enforcement officers should have a high degree of integrity....??