Accused of keeping files Ex-Carter PA is investigated

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

By MICHELLE FRIEDRICH

Associate Editor

VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The Carter County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report that former prosecuting attorney Rocky Kingree retained files belonging to the county.

On New Year's Eve, Sheriff Rick Stephens said, he was contacted by other county officials who reported "several boxes of case files, owned by Carter County, were retained by Kingree. An investigation was initiated."

The files, Stephens said, were to be transferred from Kingree to incoming prosecuting attorney, Ernie Richardson, who ran unopposed and was elected in November.

"The prosecutor's office was run out of the same building (Kingree) had his private practice in," said Stephens, who contacted Kingree.

After Kingree invoked his Constitutional rights, Stephens said, he contacted Kingree's attorney, "who advised that he would contact his client."

The case is ongoing at this point and further details were not available by press time.

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