Video shows sheriff using racial slur during interrogation

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Posted: Oct 06, 2015 5:25 PM

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A sheriff is defending his use of a racial slur while interviewing a suspect in a 2013 slaying, calling it an interrogation technique.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1MdhVIw ) reported Tuesday that it obtained a video showing Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. "Duck" Adams using the slur twice.

Adams used the offensive word while interrogating Michael Edward Elmore in September 2013 in connection with the slaying of 70-year-old Carter Bascon Northington. Elmore was later convicted in Northington's slaying.

Adams said Elmore used the slur first and he repeated the word to get to the accused's "level, to get a confession."

The sheriff said the release of the video was politically motivated. He's up for re-election next month.

A prosecutor said the lead investigator in the case, not Adams, got Elmore to confess.