Archive for Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Special prosecutor steps in on case involving deputy

A special prosecutor has taken over the domestic battery case involving a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy.

September 30, 2008


A special prosecutor has taken over a misdemeanor domestic battery case involving a Douglas County sheriff's deputy as the defendant.

Franklin County Attorney Heather Jones made an appearance in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday morning in the case of Matthew Douglas, 35. Prosecutors have charged Douglas with making contact with a family member on Sept. 14 in a "rude, insulting or angry manner."

Douglas, a sheriff's patrol deputy since December 2007, has pleaded not guilty to the charge after a fellow deputy arrested him Sept. 14 at his Eudora home.

Douglas told District Judge Peggy Kittel on Tuesday that his attorney had asked to continue the proceedings. The defendant's attorney, Kevin Babbit, was not able to attend the hearing.

Kittel scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 17. Douglas remains free on $750 bond. Sheriff spokeswoman Lt. Kari Wempe said Douglas remains on paid administrative leave until the matter is resolved.


Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years, 8 months ago

I wish him and his family the best. I hope things get worked out. Law Enforcement is a very high stress job. The charge itself is serious, but other considerations along with a charge of this kind can ruin the rest of his life. Best wishes, Lynn

cowboy 9 years, 8 months ago

The LJW provides little if any court reporting on 99% of the offenses in douglas county including not identifying sex offenders or persons charged with child abuse , nor do you publish the daily parade of alcohol offenses nor drug arrests , but you do publish law enforcement involved with domestic issues , what is your agenda LJW ?

Suzinator 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm still waiting to hear if the DA's office is going to file charges against the guy from Eudora who hit and killed the off-duty Sheriff's deputy who was riding his bike.Any ideas?

bizarre 9 years, 8 months ago

yep I think LJW forgot that police misconduct issues are supposed to be covered up...... and are not a matter of public record.What are they thinking?

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