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.

©2010 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    No end in sight: More than 3 weeks on and eruptions are fiercer than ever

    No end in sight: More than 3 weeks on and eruptions are fiercer than ever

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:28:12 GMT
    Rivers of lava flow toward the sea in lower Puna, where eruptions started May 3. (Image: USGS)Rivers of lava flow toward the sea in lower Puna, where eruptions started May 3. (Image: USGS)

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

  • Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:25:32 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:24:37 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

Powered by Frankly