Grand jury indicts Rutherford Co. deputy involved in fatal crash
Sgt. Ron Killings
The Rutherford County sheriff's deputy involved in a crash last summer that claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl has resigned.
Sources tell News 2 Det. Sgt. Ron Killings, a 12-year veteran of the department, resigned Tuesday after being indicted on multiple charges by a Rutherford County grand jury.
He is accused of disposing of two liquor bottles after hitting and killing Lakeisha White on Bradyville Pike on July 17, 2008.
White, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was visiting her grandmother in Murfreesboro when she was struck.
In the weeks following the crash, Murfreesboro police revealed a liquor bottle thrown away at the scene belonged to Sgt. Killings and they had erred by failing to collect it and the lead investigator was removed from the case.
The following month, 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 and Joe Baugh began acting as the district attorney pro-tem.
He presented the facts of the case to the grand jury Tuesday.
Killings was indicted on charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence and filing a false report.
He was booked into the Rutherford County jail and has since been released.
Wednesday, White's family told News 2 the indictment is the news they've been waiting for.
"I felt a sigh of relief. I felt good. I felt like her death is being vindicated. I felt like the truth was coming out," said Rose Rose Collier, the victim's godmother.
Her aunt, Kim Coleman, says now the family can finally have peace.
"I'm just glad that she can finally rest and I can rest and just be happy," she told News 2.
White's family says Killings' resignation was long overdue.
"Just let her know that it's going to court now, and hoping that justice will be served because he knows what he did was wrong," said the her grandmother, Brenda Carneal. "This was it. This is what we've been looking for and we finally got it."