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Accused state cop taints unrelated criminal case

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SEDRICK REED: Prosecution witness in drug case day before his own arrest on drug charge.
  • SEDRICK REED: Prosecution witness in drug case day before his own arrest on drug charge.
In reporting today on the arrest of Sedrick Reed, a former State Police lieutenant, for stealing cocaine from the State Police evidence room for sale, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noted his important role in a criminal conviction last week in Circuit Court.

Devinn Deshawn Sheppard was convicted of drug trafficking and given a 42-year sentence, despite a defense challenge to the drug evidence, including powder cocaine, because it was no longer available for independent testing. Reed, in charge of the State Police evidence room, said he did not know what had happened to it, but was sure it had not been intentionally misplaced or destroyed. An FBI agent was present for Sheppard's testimony, one day before federal marshals arrested him and one day before he was fired by State Police, which had gathered surveillance video of him allegedly tampering with drug evidence. (You'd think the FBI might wink-and-nudge local prosecutors about such a witness.)

Sheppard got a 42-year sentence. Hard to imagine his attorney won't be raising questions about his conviction now that it's known it was built in part on the testimony of a soon-to-be-arrested accused drug dealer presented as a credible state trooper.

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