Special Prosecutor Appointed in Pike County Case

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case of Pike County’s sheriff, who is accused of misconduct.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Ed Parkinson with the Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor’s Office has been assigned to Sheriff Paul Petty’s case. Petty is due in court for a hearing on Friday.

An Adams County judge ruled earlier this month that having the Pike County State’s Attorney’s office prosecute the case was a conflict of interest.

Petty also is the county coroner. He has pleaded not guilty to accusations he didn’t follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez, of Milton, who fatally overdosed on heroin in 2012.

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