WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu June 6, 2013
Investigators Turn to Arrest Records of Slain Bardstown Officer
A newspaper's review of Nelson County court records shows that a slain officer arrested more than 350 people in his seven years on the force, but few involved violent crimes.
The Courier-Journal reported Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis had made 52 arrests that ended up as felony indictments in Nelson Circuit Court. There were some convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine that had long prison sentences, but only a few cases involved violent crimes and there were no homicides.
Investigators are pouring over those arrest records looking for clues into Ellis' murder. Kentucky State Police detectives have interviewed friends and family of a local gang, in part because of comments some members made on social media sites following Ellis' death. KSP Spokesman Norman Chaffins says the investigation is in no way limited to the gang.
"It doesn't matter if they're a member of a gang or a member of the AARP. We're going to follow up on every lead. If we receive a tip on somebody, we're going to come knocking on their door," says Chaffins.
This has become the largest investigation ever for the KSP Elizabethtown post. Chaffins says all eight detectives and 40 troopers at the post are working the case.
Ellis was gunned down in the early morning hours of May 25th as he removed debris deliberately placed on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp. Since KSP announced this week the debris was tree limbs, the public has offered more than 100 tips, but no information solid enough to name a suspect.