Ky. sheriff, state police clash on cold cases

AP News
Posted: Dec 26, 2012 9:24 AM

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — There's an unusually public spat between law enforcement agencies over a western Kentucky's sheriff's approach to three unsolved slayings.

Ray Burnam was elected Trigg County sheriff in 2010 after pledging to do whatever he could to settle the unresolved cases. He even offered his own money as a reward, pledging $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in any of the cases.

What the sheriff got in return was a court order demanding he turn over his findings in one case and claims he's gone "rogue" as part of a spat with state police.

The bad feelings have erupted with tense words in open court and, the prosecutor argues, could jeopardize efforts to prosecute one of the cases.

Relatives of the victims say they're grateful for the sheriff's offer.