Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Former cop cleared in shooting of black


Final charge dropped by Louisville

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Prosecutors have dropped a wanton endangerment charge against a former city police detective who fatally shot a drug suspect, ending the criminal case against the former undercover officer.

McKenzie Mattingly, 31, was charged with murder and wanton endangerment in March and fired by the police department in April. He shot Michael Newby, 19, three times in the back on Jan. 3 after an undercover drug deal went awry.

Mattingly was acquitted of the murder charge after an eight-day trial last week. But Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman declared a mistrial on the wanton endangerment charge when the jury said it could not reach a decision.

Prosecutors dropped the wanton endangerment charge on Monday. Mattingly had faced that charge for firing his weapon near a carload of people at a liquor store drive-through the night of the shooting. But prosecutors could not find those witnesses to testify at the trial.

Mattingly was cleared of murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide charges after the jury deliberated for eight hours on Wednesday.

The case was the seventh fatal shooting of a black man by Louisville police since 1998.

Mattingly testified that he felt his life was in danger during and after a struggle with Newby.

Mattingly was working undercover when he encountered Newby and two other men that night. He attempted to make a drug buy with Newby, who was carrying a .45-caliber handgun and bags of cocaine and marijuana.




ELECTION 2004
Campaigns war over Cleveland
Voter signups record in Ohio
Ohio court race attracts big money
Kerry slams Bush on stem-cell issue
Blackwell dismissive after Jackson blasts voting rule
Nader sues to be included on Ohio ballot
Bush enacts more tax cuts as he campaigns
Cheney-Edwards debate takes on increased importance
Election 2004 page

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Jackpot lures Powerball players
Bengals near $2M tax deal
Cincinnati considers limits on 'rent-to-own'
Horse meat restaurant may just be pulling our leg
Inmate serving life term for Ohio slaying collapses, dies
Innocence Project testimony ends
Motorcyclist remains in hospital after crash
Local news briefs

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Cross-burning teen gets 21 months
Judicial forum not a quiet one
Newport lowers property tax
Senior hoopsters still have the drive to play
Lawmakers take up Ky. insurance plan
Robot helped negotiate surrender
Former cop cleared in shooting of black
Kentucky news briefs

EDUCATION
School warns of drug parties
Public schools gird for drug war
Special-needs busing ends
At NKU: Old pols precede the VPs
Mount Notre Dame students honor Olympian graduate
UC will host science and engineering expo
NCH senior center seeks levy approval

NEIGHBORS
West Chester library crowded
Church conference begins in Forest Park

ENQUIRER COLUMNS
Bronson: Slowly, crime is emptying neighborhoods
Great Britain great adventure

LIVES REMEMBERED
James Kiggen, 72, business, civic gem