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Carrollton Police Chief admits to ordering inmate shipped out of town

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Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite on the witness stand in court Monday. Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite on the witness stand in court Monday.

CARROLLTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The two Carrollton officers accused of defying a judge’s orders and shipping an inmate out of state, took the stand Monday in their own defense.

Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite explained to a jury on day five of the trial how he helped inmate, Adam Horine get to Florida. He said he didn't know a plea deal allowing Horine to leave Kentucky had been struck down by a judge.

The chief admitted to giving the order to buy the inmate a bus ticket, and said he thought the county attorney was OK with it.

"I said, 'the Carrollton Police Department will buy you a bus ticket, you pick the destination.’” Willhoite said on the stand. "When I left that meeting, I felt I had the blessing of the county attorney to move forward."

He and officer Ron Dickow are charged with kidnapping and official misconduct.

"I told Ron to pick him up at the jail," said Willhoite.

A judge had ordered Horine to undergo a mental evaluation at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington.

Willhoite says he didn't know of that order and admitted to telling Dickow to go through with putting the inmate on a bus instead.

Dickow's attorney, Robert Riley, says Willhoite did know the deal was off.

"You didn't pick up the phone and call Ron Dickow and go man Ron, we made a mistake," said Riley. "You cut him loose and you let him hang."

Dickow took the stand late Monday, saying he was simply following Willhoite's orders.

“I was to go to the jail and pick Adam Horine up and take him to the bus station in Louisville,” Dickow testified.

“Did Mr. Horine have any concerns or objections to you taking him to the bus stop,” the defense asked.

“No, sir. He did not,” Dickow replied.

Dickow told the jury that Chief Willhoite requested he check with a deputy jailer to make sure Horine was allowed to leave the state.

Dickow claims he was not given any paperwork indicating that Horine needed to be taken to Eastern State.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected Tuesday.

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