Special Judge, Prosecutor to Handle Police Probe

By Associated Press | 

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A special prosecutor and judge will take over an ongoing case of official misconduct and hindering prosecution involving the Hodgenville Police chief.

WHAS-TV in Louisville reported that Matthew Hite, an attorney from Nelson County, has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case of Police Chief Steven Johnson.

Judge Derek Reed on Wednesday also said he would step down from the case because of his long history with Johnson during 13 years on the bench in LaRue County.

A special judge will be appointed in the coming weeks.

Johnson's attorney, Danny Rock, says the evidence will show the chief did nothing wrong.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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