From time to time, certain stories come across my news feed that seem right out of a cop drama; this is one of them. According to The State Journal, on Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd chastised the Frankfort Police Department for a pattern of unethical behavior, sexual misconduct and lack of supervision in a 2015 homicide investigation.
The whole story is pretty complicated, but the basic gist of it is the Frankfort Police Department hired 28-year-old Meisha Nichols to be an informant, and while employed, she engaged in a sexual relationship with Frankfort detective Bobby Courtney. Nichols claims the department knew about the relationship and, after putting her up in a hotel for two nights, arranged for her to stay with 66-year-old Thomas Ellison, who had a history of violence against women. The Frankfort police department decided to stop using Nichols as an informant, and a sometime later, Ellison was found dead in his apartment. Nichols and her ex-boyfriend Cameron Wright were arrested and Nichols was charged with murder, while the ex was charged with theft. Because of the history between Nichols and Courtney, prosecutors offered Nichols a plea deal to a lesser charge. While Courtney denies the relationship, the court has a bevy of documents proving it existed, including nude pictures, text messages, and inappropriate Facebook postings.
For more on this juicy story, head on over to The State Journal.