Suspended Hockley County Sheriff trial comes to an end - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/10

Suspended Hockley County Sheriff trial comes to an end

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Former Hockley County Sheriff David Kinney's fight to be reinstated is over, and now it's up to jurors to decide his fate.

Kinney was suspended last year after two of his deputies, Gordon Bohannon and Jesse Quintanilla were indicted for their role in a Levelland drug bust last July.

On Wednesday, Kinney's attorney Rob Hobson brought three witnesses to the stand before resting his case around 3 o'clock.  A former Hockley County Chief Deputy, Jess Hittson took the stand before noon. Hittson said Kinney confronted former Chief Deputy Gordon Bohannon about rumors of spending time at ring leader Bobby Froman's house, and Bohannon said he would stop. Hittson also said he believed Kinney didn't know Bohannon was involved in the drug ring.

Kinney was the last to testify pointing out his huge role in creating programs for the Hockley County Jail, including GED programs and Bible studies. Kinney also says he cut costs on feeding the inmates and virtually did away with costs related to housing inmates in other counties.

While on the stand Kinney says he didn't know the extent of Bohannon's relationship with drug ring leader Bobby Froman. "I wish I never knew him," said Kinney when asked what he now thought of Bohannon.NewsChannel 11 is in the courtroom and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

Jurors will deliberate Thursday to decide if Kinney will once again be the Hockley County Sheriff.

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