3 years ago Larry and I met with Bruce Pennington and detective Mike Frost. We had come across information about a witness who testified before the 1988 grand jury and had supposedly named the killers of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. We asked Pennington to question this witness and gave him what information we had on him including his mother's address and mapquest directions to her house in Saline County. I was asked to make a copy of my file on the case, so, just as I have for every sheriff that came before him, I made copies of my file,at my own expense, and took them to his office.
We have met with Pennington and Frost numerous times since then asking if they had talked to the witness. The answer has always been "No, we cannot find him". Two weeks ago I met with them again and asked what they had done to try to find this witness, and Frost replied that he runs him through ACIC regularly, but nothing comes up. He also claimed his narcs had not been able to locate him. I asked if had he tried to talk to his mother -- the answer was "no". I asked to see the case file to see what they HAD done. Frost told me he had "not had time to catalog the documents I had copied for him -- they were still in a pile in his office." He then assured me he REALLY wants to talk to this guy because his name had come up recently in another crime.
I asked how many witness interviews he has done -- "none, I have talked to one guy, but they just clam up if they know you are talking to them officially, so no, there are no documented interviews". Incredulous, I looked at Pennington to see how that information sat with him, Pennington stated Frost had been off for 2 months on medical leave, as if that made his excuses acceptable.
A few days after that meeting I was talking with a bail bondsman who hit a few strokes on the computer and told me this witness is on probation out of Pulaski County. I went to Pulaski County's PUBLIC website and located him in about 10 seconds. Obviously, Pennington and Frost have been lying about their efforts to find him. Is Pennington dirty, or lazy, or just lying -- I have my opinion as I'm sure many others do, but for Kevin and Don it doesn't even matter. The result is the same --Kevin and Don lose again.