Indicted LMPD officer Chris Thurman resigns for "personal reason - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Indicted LMPD officer Chris Thurman resigns for "personal reasons"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer has resigned several months after he was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on charges of official misconduct and theft by deception for allegedly falsifying his time sheet and claiming overtime he didn't work.

Officer Chris Thurman resigned last week, according to Dwight Mitchell, a spokesperson for the police department. WDRB has filed an open records request for his resignation letter.

Attorney David Leightty, who represented Thurman in the department's internal investigation said Thurman resigned for “personal reasons,” but declined to elaborate. Leightty said the resignation effectively ends the internal investigation.

Steve Schroering, Thurman's attorney, said the criminal case against Thurman is still pending.

The indictment of Thurman alleges that between Jan. 1, 2011 and Sept. 19, 2013, Thurman "falsely reported overtime activity" and stole more than $10,000 from the city by "creating or reinforcing a false impression."

Thurman was paid $27,894 in overtime in 2011 and $27,446 in 2012, when his regular salary rate was $49,753, according to city records. In 2013, his salary went up to $52,166, and he was paid $21,472 in overtime.

The investigation of Thurman has put on hold many of his criminal cases and prompted prosecutors to notify defense attorneys about the officer's situation, because it could affect his credibility at trial.

In March, the case of a Jefferson County teacher accused of killing a woman in a drunk driving crash was dismissed because Thurman was unavailable or willing to testify.

Prosecutors say Christopher Purcell was drunk and behind the wheel in August 2012 when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on Bardstown Road. That accident resulted in the death of 31-year-old Tracey Blevins.


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