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Pike County State’s Attorney: I Quit

Pike County State’s Attorney: I Quit

The prosecutor who accused the Pike County sheriff of misconduct has resigned.

Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman said Monday that he received a resignation letter from Pike County State’s Attorney Carrie Boyd. She had charged Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty last month after authorities said he didn’t follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez of Milton. Petty also is the county coroner.

Borrowman said Boyd cited personal and family matters for her resignation.

An Adams County judge on Monday ruled that having the Pike County State’s Attorney’s office prosecute the case was a conflict of interest. The judge said he would refer the case to the State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor and then the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Petty has pleaded not guilty.

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