Former Inmates File Suit Against Officers from Three Departments

Apr 6, 2017

Two people who spent years in a Kentucky jail after being wrongfully charged with murder have sued 10 police officers from three departments. They allege there was a conspiracy to frame them by planting evidence to protect a confidential informant.                                                 


Amanda Hoskins and Johnathan Taylor filed a federal suit against officers with the Kentucky State Police and the Knox Co. Sheriff and Barbourville Police departments.
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Thirty-two-year-old Amanda Hoskins and 29-year-old Jonathan Taylor were charged with murder in the 2010 slaying of Katherine Mills in Flat Lick.

Both were released from jail last year after prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the charges because they lacked probable cause. The case remains unsolved.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday says officers with the Kentucky State Police, Knox County Sheriff's Department and Barbourville Police Department framed Hoskins and Taylor because the evidence pointed to the guilt of another man who was a confidential informant for the police.

The agencies involved did not respond to a request for comment.