Ex-Lincoln, Ala. cop gets 22 years in Louisiana man’s murder; still says he didn’t do it
(AL.COM) Talladega County Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth sentenced former Lincoln Police Sgt. Kevin Wade Jung to 22 years in prison Wednesday afternoon after a jury in September convicted Jung of the 2003 murder of Wayne Earl Ellis of West Monroe, La., the Daily Home newspaper reports.
Jung, who did not testify at his trial, maintained his innocence Wednesday. “I am sorry for what happened that night, for what happened to Mr. Ellis, but I had no part in it,” Jung told Hollingsworth.
Jung and co-defendant Kenneth Pollard were both working for the Lincoln Police Department in June 2003, the Daily Home reports. Ellis had set out from his home in Louisiana and was headed to Nashville when he stopped in Meridian, Miss., and picked up a hitchhiker named Wayne Whitely.
Whitely, who has a lengthy criminal history, testified that when they were stopped at a gas station and had gotten into an altercation with teenagers, Pollard pulled Ellis out of the truck, slammed his body into the side of the truck and then hit him on the head with a flashlight as he staggered backward. He said Pollard and the other officer, whose face he did not see, then beat Ellis as he lay on the ground for several minutes. He was then taken into custody while Ellis was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Talladega, then to Birmingham, where he subsequently died.