Retired detectives indicted in cover-up

Retired detectives indicted in cover-up

There are 64 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 20, 2006, titled Retired detectives indicted in cover-up. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A grand jury has indicted two retired Indiana State Police investigators in an unsolved murder, saying they covered up evidence implicating a former Pike County prosecutor as a possible suspect in the ...

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John

Memphis, TN

#1 Oct 20, 2006
Getting close to election time...Why was the other "Lead" Police Investigator not indited? Sounds like the Pike County Deputy Prosecutor Mr. McDonald is looking for a promotion at the expense of one dead man and two innocent former state police officers.
Ameri

Rubicon, WI

#2 Oct 20, 2006
Well let's see, are these more examples for the moment? What does it matter? Good ol' boys take care of their own. Always have, always will. For every one or two made example of there 4-5 children abused/neglected!! Now to me, that's a shame! After numerous reports to every agency from local,state and federal,stacks of papers audio and video, these people have showed their colors.... so if anything happens to this child, THEY will be held responsible!!!
Austin

Memphis, TN

#3 Oct 20, 2006
The murder was 18 years ago...wow...I agree with John. This is just not right. 2 good state employees are being used for some sort of Political gain here...Maybe this Darrin McDonald guy should better direct his energies toward the actual murders...rather than this type of political posturing...Why was the Lead investigator not indited?
Trent

Memphis, TN

#5 Oct 20, 2006
It makes no sense for two retired state employees "ISP Officers" to be required to remember every detail on cases that happened almost two decades ago. This type of grand standing overshadows the true issue here. Mr. McDonald should know that it's just not good politics to try to advance his career using two innocent men and their families.
Jonathon

Memphis, TN

#6 Oct 20, 2006
I find it extremely hard to believe that 2 "Retired" Indiana State Police Officers committed purjury on an 18 year old case. I truely feel for the both families in this indictment. I know a lot of good people in Pike County. This is nothing more than an eagar Republican Dupty Prosecutor (Darrin Mcdonald) looking to get his name in the paper. I hope the fact that the two indicted officers both of which, as I understand, are democrats and the other "Non-indicted LEAD" officer a republican did not play a role here. And finally, Where is the STATE REPRESENTATION for these two officers?
Deni

Marion, KY

#8 Oct 20, 2006
I have known both Eck and Verle for several years. They are both outstanding men, troopers and investigators. They are well liked by their community, colleagues and peers. I find it very hard to imagine the charges brought against them. I have never known either of them to lie, but found both to be stand up guys. I have also been in the political arena for the last 20 years and find this indictment to be absolutely ludricous. It is clearly a political ploy for Pike County officials. It is very sad that someone/anyone who is trying to gain office has to use political tactis to get there. But, that's just the way it works both in small town and Washington DC. Talk about honesty. This is clearly a personal vendetta and attack on the Indiana State Police. We as Hoosiers hold the Indiana State Police in high regard. But, when they are "marred" by the media and press a different light is shed on them. However, when they are injured or killed the media and press are the first to "let them shine." We have overlooked what the ISP stands for INTEGRITY, SERVICE AND PROTECT, which is exactly what these two gentlemen did throughout their entire career and lives. They kept their oaths of office. And, lest we forget how many times these gentlemen were commended, especially Eck for his oustanding performance as an investigator in solving some of the worst crimes in Knox County.
Troy

Memphis, TN

#9 Oct 20, 2006
The title of this article reads that this is a cover-up? Very intersting journalism Indystar...maybe all parties involved need to also look into something called "Malicious Prosecution" to keep these career minded Dupty Prosecutors like Darrin McDonald in line...right? Probably a bigger story there... If political party affiliation had anything to do with this...indictment (another story) 18 year old case...my word. I can't even remember what I had for supper last Friday...I also would like to know if the State of Indiana will be defending these retired officers?(Another Story) Seems appropriate...
Laura G

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Oct 20, 2006
How is it that so many residents of Austin, TX have taken such strong interest in this? Stranger still that all seem to have very negative views of Darrin McDonald, who is only mentioned very briefly at the end of the article.
Rita Littrell

Louisville, KY

#11 Oct 20, 2006
yeah its election time. Any other time it is OKAY for law enforcement to kill, deal and cover-up.
Trent

Memphis, TN

#12 Oct 20, 2006
Rita Littrell wrote:
yeah its election time. Any other time it is OKAY for law enforcement to kill, deal and cover-up.
Do your research, Mr. Eck and the remaining members of the ISP Evansville Post have put 26 murderers in prison.
Trent

Memphis, TN

#13 Oct 20, 2006
Laura G wrote:
How is it that so many residents of Austin, TX have taken such strong interest in this? Stranger still that all seem to have very negative views of Darrin McDonald, who is only mentioned very briefly at the end of the article.
Born and raised 36 years in the counties covered by these ISP officers as well as all of the city and county dept.s in or around Pike county. Do your research...maybe you'll see what we see. A young man trying to discredit the very people who protect and serve you day in and day out protecting people like you. Maybe you should just say thank you and go back to watching Oprah.
Troy

Edinburg, TX

#14 Oct 20, 2006
Laura G wrote:
How is it that so many residents of Austin, TX have taken such strong interest in this? Stranger still that all seem to have very negative views of Darrin McDonald, who is only mentioned very briefly at the end of the article.
You always keep track of what is going on in your hometown community...
Dennis Buskirk

United States

#15 Oct 20, 2006
I can beleive Toler Or McDonald doing something this stupid right before election time. That way they can cover their tracks for all they have done in the past 3 years. Neither one of them has brains enough to pour piss out of their own boots.
Laura G

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Oct 20, 2006
Trent wrote:
<quoted text>Born and raised 36 years in the counties covered by these ISP officers as well as all of the city and county dept.s in or around Pike county. Do your research...maybe you'll see what we see. A young man trying to discredit the very people who protect and serve you day in and day out protecting people like you. Maybe you should just say thank you and go back to watching Oprah.
Actually, I'm from Pike County too, and I'm familiar with the people involved in this. I just thought it was odd to see so many comments from Austin, of all places, and that they were all so similar. Call me skeptical, I guess.
(And thanks for the assumption that I must be a bored housewife, but I'm at work most of the time so I don't follow Oprah. Maybe you could videotape it for me, hmm?)
Trent

Memphis, TN

#17 Oct 20, 2006
Dennis Buskirk wrote:
I can beleive Toler Or McDonald doing something this stupid right before election time. That way they can cover their tracks for all they have done in the past 3 years. Neither one of them has brains enough to pour piss out of their own boots.
Amen!!
Trent

Memphis, TN

#18 Oct 20, 2006
Laura G wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, I'm from Pike County too, and I'm familiar with the people involved in this. I just thought it was odd to see so many comments from Austin, of all places, and that they were all so similar. Call me skeptical, I guess.
(And thanks for the assumption that I must be a bored housewife, but I'm at work most of the time so I don't follow Oprah. Maybe you could videotape it for me, hmm?)
Oh, must be a Law and Order fan. Sorry!!
eli

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Oct 20, 2006
This is one time that I'm glad if election time has caused someone to grow some balls and expose a wrong. This has been a long time coming and those of us who were there know it!
Unavailable

Bridgeport, WV

#20 Oct 20, 2006
Mr. Sullivan I am told is working for Tabbert, Hahn, Ernest and Weddle , One Indiana Square, Suite 1900.
jimmi

Oakland City, IN

#21 Oct 23, 2006
Any State Police who would turn off a tape recorder just when a person being questioned says...."Sullivan is my main suspect. There is just no way he could have had that money......." The tape recorder, being operated by officer Eck, turned off at that exact moment. That is corrupt. The fact is that an elected prosecutor of Pike County in the 1980s was using and selling drugs, and probably had some info in a murder, and the state police never investigated it, and probably screwed the investigation up so bad that it can never get solved.

It was the people in the pike county prosecutor office 20 years ago that messed everything up. That means Mark Sullivan and his assisstant, Jeff Biesterveld, the now circuit court judge in pike county. They should both be dis-barred. Maybe they will be.
Pooky

Edison, NJ

#22 Oct 23, 2006
The point is that NO ONW is above the law, whether a police officer or an elected official. Citizens should be ablt to trust that murder investigations are conducted with the utmost integrity. And lest someone trot out the cliche that "everyone does it" (covers up for friends, those with powwer, or whoever)--not only is that an exaggeration, but it does not excuse LYING or obstructing justice.

I also find it strange that a couple of people who claim to have known both men well for years would not know that one retired officer's last name is VERLEY.

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