M. Tennessee DA says liquor bottle OK as evidence

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Mufreesboro district attorney Bill Whitesell says a liquor bottle recovered after a Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective struck and killed an 11-year-old girl can be used as evidence.

The Murfreesboro Police Department is investigating the July 17 incident in which Lakeisha White of Hopkinsville, Ky., was fatally injured.

Lt. Ron Killings was on duty and driving an unmarked county car at about 8:45 p.m. when the child was struck as she crossed a street to return to her aunt's home after visiting her grandmother.

A bottle of premixed margaritas was recovered by a witness who told police he saw Killings dispose of it.

Investigators initially ignored witness claims about the liquor bottle, but police took possession of it July 28.

Police say routine screenings found no liquor or drugs in Killings' system at the time the girl was struck.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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