As Promised...Can you connect the dots?

Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle

 My partner has issued a warning to me about my intent to connect the dots as promised in last week’s opinion piece.

 Their warning was more of a reminder than a warning of my intent to share facts and the subsequent “connecting of the dots.” It is with this reminder in mind that we begin to lay out some of the facts beginning with: MAY 7, 2018 KSP INVESTIGATING BRECKINRIDGE CO. HUNTING DEATH ***UPDATE*** KSP NEWS, POST 07

 (Irvington, KY.) - Kentucky State Police Post 04 Detectives are investigating a hunting death that occurred in Breckinridge Co. Thursday morning. On November 23, 2017 at approximately 11;15 A.M. EDST, KSP was asked by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officers to respond to a shooting that had taken place while two men were deer hunting off of JE Haynes Rd. in Irvington. Christopher B. Stone (43) of Irvington was hunting with Nicholas Lee Ford (39) of Brandenburg. Mr. Stone discharged his rifle into an overgrown field surrounded by woods where Mr. Ford was standing striking him in the back. Nicholas Ford was transported by Breckinridge Co. EMS to Breckinridge Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by the Breckinridge Co. Coroner. The case remains under investigation by KSP Detective James Martin.


 (Irvington, KY.) - On May 2, 2018, Kentucky State Police Post 4 Detective James Martin presented the results of the death investigation to the Breckinridge County Grand Jury. As a result, the Grand Jury indicted Christopher B. Stone (43) of Irvington for the murder of Nicholas Lee Ford (39) stemming from the November 23, 2017 incident.

 On May 4, 2018 at approximately 1:40 HRS EDT, Christopher B. Stone was arrested by the Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office on the indictment warrant and lodged in the Breckinridge County Jail under a $100,000 cash bond.

 Since this last update on May 4, 2018, there has been no further documented involvement in the investigation or prosecution of Mr. Stone.

 Who is the Commonwealth Attorney responsible for the prosecution of Mr. Stone? Well, none other than then candidate Rick Hardin who, according to “The Record,” ( was running on a platform wherein he promised to treat defendants as members of his own family. According to Rebecca Morris in an excerpt of her article:

 “The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the top law enforcement officer in a judicial district. He or she is tasked with prosecuting felony cases, and is the only attorney allowed to participate in grand jury proceedings. They are elected for six-year terms.

 The Record asked the candidates to detail what they think are the top three issues facing the district and what they would do to address them.

* Hardin, 44, of Leitchfield, is a former Meade County resident who has lived in Grayson County for 6½ years. An attorney, he and his wife, Shelly, have three children.

He said he’s running for Commonwealth’s Attorney “because we need a strong trial attorney to prosecute our felony trials.”

 “I have tried murder cases, rape, arson, manufacturing methamphetamine, felony assault, etc,” Hardin said. “I am the most experienced and successful trial attorney in this election.”

 He pledged to “personally handle” prosecution of the most serious felonies, thereby freeing the assistant commonwealth attorneys up to “be more aggressive” in prosecuting the less-serious felonies or explore rehabilitation and diversion programs for eligible defendants.

 “We must fight back,” he said. “Our current plea bargaining system is enabling a crime culture and a drug culture. It is time for a change. No more catch and release. We will catch, convict, and repeat.”

 And Hardin promised to be tough on crime, treating defendants as if members of his own family were the victims of their crimes. That tough stance, he said, will extend from physical crimes to crimes against property and drug cases.”

Why am I pointing these facts out?


More to come...

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