Ray Burnam ran for sheriff on a pledge to do whatever he could to settle three unresolved slayings in this tranquil corner of Kentucky. He even dangled his own money as a reward, pledging $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in any of the cases.
What the sheriff got in return was a court order demanding he turn over his findings in one case and claims he’s gone “rogue” as part of a spat with state police. The bad feelings may date back to Burnham’s own departure from the state force, have erupted with tense words in open court and, the prosecutor argues, could jeopardize efforts to prosecute one of the cases. It’s an unusually public dispute between law enforcement agencies.
Burnam, who was elected Trigg County sheriff in 2010, sounds unapologetic about his efforts, driven by his desire to make sure the killers “get what’s coming to them.”