The Attorney General's Office has been asked by the Butler County Commonwealth Attorney's office to investigate Butler County Sheriff Kenneth Morris.
Commonwealth Attorney Tim Coleman, in a three-page written statement, says that he repeatedly asked Sheriff Morris to investigate more thoroughly a case involving receiving stolen auto parts and one of the Sheriff's personal friends. Coleman goes on to allege that Sheriff Morris did not interview key witnesses or complete a full investigation because he was trying to protect his friend.
In an interview with WBKO on Wednesday, Sheriff Morris denied those claims, saying he investigated the case, but was unable to find sufficient evidence that his friend, DeWayne Johnson, knew that he was trading for stolen merchandise. Johnson tells WBKO that he had no idea the parts, sold to him by a local resident were stolen.
Sheriff Morris says his department has repeatedly arrested family and friends if enough evidence is found to justify the arrest, including the recent arrest of two of Morris' cousins on meth-related charges.
Coleman's statement says he felt he had no choice but to ask the Attorney General's Office to investigate. Morris says he welcomes and will fully cooperate with the investigation, if it will help clear up the controversy.
Last week, a Butler County Grand Jury indicted Johnson on one count of receiving stolen property and one count of theft.