Rookstool Questions Hecht's Investigation of Tasering Incident

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Nearly a week after Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht said Shawnee County Sheriff's deputies will not face criminal charges for tasering a Goodyear employee who later died, his investigation is being called into question.

Rita Rookstool, a former Shawnee County Treasuer and candidate for Shawnee County Commission, wrote to county commissioners Monday. She's asking them to request Attorney General Stephen Six to investigate. Rookstool claims Hecht's report fails to contain all gathered evidence and statements. She wants Six to compare Hecht's evidence to his official investigative reports.

Commission Chair Shelly Buhler told 13 News that after consulting County Counselor Rich Eckert, she will not put the item on Thursday's agenda. She says Rookstool can send the request directly to the district attorney or attorney general herself.

Hecht sent his own memo to commissioners Monday in response to Rookstool's request. He wrote that Rookstool has a desperate need for publicity. Hecht says his office does not release the entirety of investigative reports because it would be hundreds of pages and he is not legally obligated to release everything.

Hecht and Rookstool have a rocky history. When Rookstool was Shawnee County Treasurer, she faced allegations of misusing public funds. Hecht advised her to resign from office or face charges. Rookstool resigned in 2003.


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