Constable found guilty of reckless homicide

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A jury found Constable Bobby Joe Smith guilty of reckless homicide Wednesday.

Bobby Joe Smith

Smith was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Brandon Stanley. Stanley died after being shot at A & B Quick Stop in East Bernstadt in March 2016.

On Wednesday morning, members of the jury heard from the prosecution's last two witnesses - the shooting victim's fiancée and the sheriff's office detective who investigated the shooting.

Tracy Whittymore says she knew Brandon Stanley half her life and was engaged to him for five years.

Whittymore says Constable Smith had been looking for Stanley, calling and leaving text messages in the days before his death. She says Smith pulled over Stanley three days before the shooting. Stanley gave a false name and then ran. She says Smith was trying to serve Stanley on a failure to appear warrant.

"He called back and asked if I knew where he was, if he was still with me. I told him no. He said, well, he would get him one way or another," Whittymore testified.

Under cross-examination, Whittymore says Stanley would often threaten suicide when they had arguments.

The prosecutor also questioned a sheriff's office detective and again showed the store video of the shooting from four different angles. The detective said that Smith did not administer any first aid or check vitals after the shooting and that he waited on Laurel County Sheriff John Root to do that.

The defense attorney said he had five witnesses to call to the stand Wednesday afternoon - one of them was the constable himself.

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