Day 5 wraps up in trial of suspended Levelland Sheriff - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/29/10

Day 5 wraps up in trial of suspended Levelland Sheriff

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The fifth day of testimony wrapped up in the civil trial of the former Hockley County Sheriff fighting to get his job back.

David Kinney was suspended last year after two of his deputies were indicted for their role in a drug trafficking ring.

Last week, former sheriff's deputy Gordon Bohannon took the stand. He said his former boss, David Kinney, knew of Bohannon's involvement with convicted drug leader Bobby Froman, and that Bohannon believed Kinney should be in prison with him.

This week's testimony began with Hockley County District Attorney Gary Goff. Kinney's attorney, Rod Hobson, pressed the witness whether or not he was encouraged by Bohannon to dismiss a case against Froman because he was considered an informant. Goff said he was.

Goff was also questioned about taping Bohannon and whether or not he was encouraged to do so by the FBI. Goff told the court he was.

He went on to say he was not working with the FBI to get Bohannon to incriminate himself. He was also questioned about whether or not he had anything to do with Kevin Davis becoming interim Sheriff.

Davis works with Goff as an investigator. Hobson asked Goff, "Is it a coincidence that your investigator became interim sheriff?" Goff said "I was not part of a conspiracy to get David Kinney out of office."

Interim Sheriff Kevin Davis then took the stand. He testified about the concerns he had about the condition of the Sheriff's Office.

NewsChannel 11 will have more on his testimony coming up tonight at 10.

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