Off-Duty Cop Kills Man, Lies About Circumstances, Prosecutor Refuses to Charge

Crab Orchard, Kentucky (TFC) – An off-duty cop, not responding to an emergency call of any kind, was simply driving to work at a speed of 90 miles per hour. He was in a 55 miles per hour zone when he struck and killed a 69-year-old man named Howard Robbins. Robbins was thrown at least six feet off the road. The prosecutor in the jurisdiction sees no crime in the death of the man. He said:

“I just don’t think there’s enough there to charge him as a criminal. There was speed but there was no alcohol or drugs. I don’t think there’s enough there to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal offense. Now there might be a civil offense.”

There is a video from the vehicle’s dashcam. Kentucky does not have a vehicular manslaughter statute, but it does have a Second Degree Manslaughter statute that reads:

507.040 Manslaughter in the second degree. (1) A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when he wantonly causes the death of another person, including, but not limited to, situations where the death results from the person’s: (a) Operation of a motor vehicle; or (b) Leaving a child under the age of eight (8) years in a motor vehicle under circumstances which manifest an extreme indifference to human life and which create a grave risk of death to the child, thereby causing the death of the child. (2) Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class C felony.  [Emphasis Added]

From the very beginning, officer Travis Richardson of the Stanford Police Department was more interested in lying about the situation than getting medical attention for the person he hit while driving 90 miles an hour. Before requesting assistance he says:

“I’m on my way into work and I believe a pedestrian has jumped out in front of me here on 150, just prior to Crab Orchard.”

The video clearly showed the victim in the road as the speeding officer approached. He did not jump in front of the moving vehicle. The dispatcher asked officer Richardson if he needs medical assistance, he repeated his story.

“Absolutely. He’s jumped out in front of my cruiser here.”

This is just another example of a prosecutor allowing a badge-wearing goon to walk away after killing someone.

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Image Source: Standford PD Facebook