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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Charges dropped against Pike County Sheriff

1 year, 5 months ago by

Special prosecutor files motion to dismiss misconduct charge

A Adams County judge dismissed the felony charge of official misconduct against the Pike County, Illinois Sheriff Friday morning.

Judge Chet Vahle made his ruling for Paul Petty after Special Prosecutor Ed Parkinson filed a motion to dismiss the charge.

Petty, who serves as sheriff and coroner, was accused of misconduct in his role as coroner and was in court FRiday morning. 

The charge, filed by former Pike County State's attorney Carrie Boyd, who resigned shortly after beginning the case, alleged that Petty failed to have the body of Shanda Lopez embalmed before proper toxicology samples were taken.

Lopez died in September 2012 as a result of an apparent drug-induced homicide.