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

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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