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Acting DA in Lakeisha White case talks with News 2


A new man has been put in charge of reviewing exactly what happened in the hours after an 11-year-old girl was struck and killed by a Rutherford County sheriff's deputy.

Lakeisha White, who was visiting her grandmother in Murfreesboro, died July 17 after police said she darted out in front of Detective Sgt. Ron Killings' unmarked patrol car.

In the following weeks, Murfreesboro police revealed a liquor bottle thrown away at the scene belonged to Sgt. Killings and they had erred by failing to collect it.

The lead investigator was removed from the case on August 8.

A week later, on August 15, surveillance video surfaced showing Sgt. Killings buying Gatorade at a convenience store, minutes after the accident.

Unsatisfied with the proceedings in the case, an attorney for White's family requested the acting district attorney, Bill Whitesell, step down.

Monday, he requested another DA replace him in the investigation.

Joe Baugh, who is now a private attorney but tried cases in Williamson and neighboring counties for 16 years, is now the district attorney pro-tem.

Friday, he spoke with News 2.

He said most likely he'll have an outside agency look at the case in order to keep everything "impartial."

White's family has remained silent since filing a $7.5 million lawsuit against Killings, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and Rutherford County.

Friday, when asked about the new district attorney pro-tem, one family member said, "We are not satisfied yet."

"The object is not the money," they continued.  "We want to know why a child was hit."

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