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Police searching for King after violation

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By Kristin Beck

A warrant has been issued out of Carroll County Circuit Court for the arrest of Bernard Kalep King, 30, of Louisville, for a probation violation. 

King is currently under the supervision of Jefferson County Probation and Parole for charges out of Carroll County, Probation and Parole Officer Rob Story said. Story is filling in for King’s probation officer, who is currently on vacation.

King was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 8, 2012, in Carroll County and is serving a three-year probation sentence, Story said.

Leigh Ann Roberts with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office said King is serving probation through Jefferson County rather than Carroll County because offenders report where they reside.

King was arrested March 31 in Warsaw by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and having no tail lamps. He was booked at 3:48 a.m. in Carroll County Detention Center on a $300 cash bond, according to Gallatin County District Court. The bond was paid by Natasha King, and he was released at 2:15 p.m. King’s next court date is at 9 a.m. April 16 in Gallatin County District Court.

Story said when the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office contacted him about the DUI arrest, he had the warrant issued out of Carroll County Circuit Court.

Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said King knows that he has a warrant on him, and the Sheriff’s Office has been actively looking for him.

Once King is arrested, he must appear in Carroll County Circuit Court for a probation violation hearing, Roberts said. Then, he will appear in Gallatin County District Court for the DUI charges.

This is not King’s first run-in with the law.

On July 2, 2007, Peggy Ann Brandie Chadwell of Carrollton and her unborn baby were killed when the motorcycle she was riding crashed along I-264, just inside the Shively city limits in Jefferson County.

In August 2011, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards dismissed the grand jury indictment charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree fetal homicide and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol against King, who was the driver of the motorcycle. As a result, the charge of first-degree persistent felony offender also was dropped, according to an Aug. 10, 2011, News-Democrat article.

At the pre-trial hearing July 22, 2011, Edwards decided to throw out evidence in the case based on related case law from previous Kentucky Supreme Court decisions, according to the article. Both a written admission in civil court documents from King that he was on drugs at the time of the accident and a urine test administered by the Shively Police Department were deemed inadmissible.

Maggie Briley, Chadwell’s mother, called The News-Democrat voicing her concern over King’s probation conditions and his most recent arrest. “I want to know answers,” she said. “I want to know why he keeps getting out over and over again.”

Briley said she wrote a letter to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office asking why people are still slipping through the cracks. “I want to know why this system is broke,” she said. “If they are overbooked, they need to hire more people.”