Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Barren County On Trial

May 6, 2013

1:40 AFTERNOON UPDATE: FBI agent testifies, court struggles with restrictions on testimony

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BOWLING GREEN —

During the FBI interview, McClelland said, Bennett was less sure. He thought he broke it in the struggle, but it may have been when he jumped the fence. He did not notice the pain until after Stinnett was apprehended.

“He just wasn’t sure how he broke it when we asked him clarifying questions,” McClelland testified Monday.

Bennett denied hitting Stinnett or seeing another officer hit Stinnett, but said he had “tunnel vision” during the altercation. No one hit Stinnett after he was handcuffed, Bennett told the FBI. He did notice blood on the air conditioning unit after the struggle. The struggle lasted about a minute, Bennett told the FBI according to McClelland’s testimony.

If the struggle itself was a minute, Patel asked McClelland if it sounded like only a minute and 13 seconds could have passed from the beginning of the foot pursuit until officers walked Stinnett away from the scene, and McClelland said no.

During his April 20, 2010, interview, Guffey told the FBI that he saw Stinnett crash his van and run away from the area. Guffey got out of his truck, which he had parked as a road block, and ran after Stinnett and the other officer pursuing Stinnett. When Guffey caught up, he said Stinnett was already on the ground and there was only one other officer with him. Guffey and two officers who arrived at almost the same time, struggled with Stinnett until Guffey could get handcuffs on the suspect, which were handed to him by another officer.

When asked if he saw anyone hit Stinnett, McClelland testified Guffey told him he had “tunnel vision” during the struggle, the same phrase Bennett used.

In Guffey’s BCSO report, he wrote that Stinnett still struggled with officers once he was in handcuffs.

In his interview, Guffey told the FBI that Stinnett became compliant and Guffey felt like he could leave the scene. He went to process Stinnett’s van. After processing the van, McClelland said Guffey told the FBI he went back to the scene of the struggle, found a vial of methamphetamine on the ground and noticed some blood on the air conditioning unit.

None of the defendants offered explanations to the FBI when the agents told them some witnesses offered different accounts of the encounter with Stinnett, McClelland said.

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