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Jury acquits Carrollton officers who put inmate on bus to Florida

Associated Press

Hours after a judge ordered a mental-health evaluation for Adam Horine, foreground, he was escorted from the Carroll County jail by Carrollton police officer Ron Dickow. He drove Horine to Louisville, bought Horine a one-way ticket and put him on a bus to Florida. Dickow, along with Carrollton Chief of Police Mike Willhoite were cleared of all wrongdoing by a Carroll County jury Tuesday.
Hours after a judge ordered a mental-health evaluation for Adam Horine, foreground, he was escorted from the Carroll County jail by Carrollton police officer Ron Dickow. He drove Horine to Louisville, bought Horine a one-way ticket and put him on a bus to Florida. Dickow, along with Carrollton Chief of Police Mike Willhoite were cleared of all wrongdoing by a Carroll County jury Tuesday.

Two police officers suspended from the Carrollton force in the midst of misconduct allegations have been cleared of all wrongdoing.

Media outlets reported that a Carroll County jury on Tuesday acquitted police Chief Mike Willhoite and officer Ron Dickow of all charges.

Willhoite and Dickow were accused of defying a judge’s order to take an inmate to Eastern State Hospital last April, instead putting him on a bus to Florida.

The day before the incident, a judge rejected a plea deal that would have sent Adam Horine, 31, to Florida. The inmate was ordered instead to undergo a mental evaluation.

Willhoite and Dickow admitted to putting Horine on the bus, but they said it was because of a misunderstanding. Willhoite said he didn’t realize the plea deal had been rejected, and Dickow said he was following orders from Willhoite.

In May, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting did a series on the case.

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