Former detective's reckless homicide trial on hold
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The reckless homicide trial against a former Rutherford County sheriff's deputy has been put on hold.
Ron Killings' trial was set to begin next week but surprise evidence taken from his patrol car surfaced Friday in a pretrial hearing.
Killings now faces a February trial date in the death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White, who was killed after his cruiser struck her in July 2008 as she was crossing a Murfreesboro street.
The evidence at issue is information taken from his car's computer.
According to Special Prosecutor Joe Baugh, the computer data shows the off-duty detective was traveling 71.4 miles-per-hour less than a second before his air bag deployed, and that the former officer never stepped on the brake.
Killings' attorney, Terry Fann, hoped the judge would not allow the last minute evidence.
"I can tell you, judge, I don't know how to read this... Its numbers and graphs and charts, it's unbelievable....its way, way, way too late in the game," he said.
Baugh asked the judge to not throw the evidence out.
"I think that would be a disservice to the family of this girl and a disservice to the people of Rutherford County," he said.
The judge ruled the evidence is in and delayed the trial five months, giving the defense extra time to examine the new evidence.
The trial is now set to get underway in February 2010.