Despite budget cuts, police using all available resources to find killer of Bardstown officer

10/07/2013 11:43 PM

Still without a firm lead after more than four months, investigators trying to crack the case of the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis are turning to their next strategy.

They continue to widen the net of public outreach with billboards in other states and a video re-enactment that will be posted soon on the Kentucky State Police YouTube page , said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said.

Last month, Brewer told legislators that his agency is facing a nearly $6 million debt caused, in part, by higher fuel costs and rising pension payments — but also the fact that the agency’s budget has been slashed over the last five years.

Despite that, Brewer insists the agency is sparing no resource on the investigation to make sure Ellis’ case doesn’t end up on the unsolved list.

Here’s the report from Bardstown:

As the Courier-Journal reported in June , it’s unusual for a case involving the killing of a law enforcement officer to go more than 24 hours without an arrest. The last unsolved case involving a victim with a badge is the 1984 murder of Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy Carnie Hopkins.

Bardstown, named the most beautiful small town in America by Rand McNally, has become an unlikely pit stop on the drug highway between metropolitan areas, such as Louisville and Nashville, said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said.

And Ellis and his K-9 partner Figo

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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