I missed something absolutely crazy in the Harlan Daily Enterprise article; Commonwealth's Attorney Karen Greene-Blondell stated that Raymond Harris was paid $1000 to shoot Browning in the back of the head. One thousand dollars? That opens up contract killing to Walmart shoppers.
It had long been speculated that a few dirty cops in Harlan may have had a hand in the murder of former Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Jr, now testimony in Browning's murder trail has revealed that a Harlan County Sheriff Department cruiser frequented the residence of the accused killer's nephew, Dewayne Harris, a notorious drug dealer, before the murder. His uncle Raymond Harris is on trial in Bell County for Browning's murder.
A clerk at a local convenient store testified that a sheriffs vehicle stopped by Harris' residence one or two times a week.
Shannon Rasberry was a clerk working at The Coal Bucket and testified that Browning and Dewayne Harris were at the store on the day of Browning's death. Blondell said a copy of a food stamp card receipt also placed one of the men accused at the store.
Rasberry said Browning came in and bought a bottle of water with money and Dewayne Harris paid for gas. She said she knew Dewayne Harris because he lived near her father at Sawbriar.
Rasberry also testified that she had seen a deputy's vehicle come to Harris' residence in Sawbriar one to two times in a week. She said the vehicle would be there a few minutes and leave. She said the windows were tinted and she couldn't identify the driver.
Rasberry said Dewayne Harris came to The Coal Bucket a day or so after Browning was killed, demanding that she give him the video surveillance tape, but she refused.
Former narcotics detective Roger Hall was sent to prison for running protection for the local thugs, including Harris, in 2005. The famed secret video tape that was made weeks before Browning's death may have been produced using Sheriff department video surveillance equipment. Former Sheriff Steve Duff also admitted during his testimony that he authorized an investigation on Browning and authorized Detective Roger Hall to conduct more convert video surveillance.
Then Sheriff Steve Duff was in the middle of a heated Democratic primary against the murdered Paul Browning Jr.
Hall was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2005 after he pleaded guilty to interfering with a federal drug investigation and lying to an FBI agent.
Hall was a narcotics detective for the sheriff's office until he was fired in December 2003.
According to the plea agreement, Hall confessed to telling the late Edna Harris about the location, identity and vehicles of federal drug enforcement agents in Harlan County conducting a narcotics investigation. Edna Harris died while in federal custody.
Hall admitted that he offered to conceal assets subject to federal forfeiture while Harris was serving time in prison for the drug charges.
He also admitted to lying to an FBI agent about his relationship with Harris.
During the course of the investigation into Hall's activities as deputy, numerous drug cases were thrown out of Harlan Circuit Court because Hall was the investigating officer.
Commonwealth's Attorney Karen Greene Blondell said there is a clear conspiracy and she will reveal the players during the trail. How far up does all this go? I know one thing; Harlan has taken on that eerie feeling again and I for one am staying the hell out of Harlan County until all this is over, the groundhogs have sure hit the holes on this one.