More indictments for Llano police chief, officer related to arrests

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY

Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff (left), currently on leave with the agency, will face an additional charge after a February indictment by a Llano County grand jury. LPD Officer Grant Harden, also on leave, will face another indictment by a grand jury in connection with a third incident. Courtesy photos

Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff (left), currently on leave with the agency, will face an additional charge after a February indictment by a Llano County grand jury. LPD Officer Grant Harden, also on leave, will face another indictment by a grand jury in connection with a third incident. Courtesy photos

LLANO — A Llano County grand jury handed down more indictments in February against the Llano police chief and a police officer stemming from a May 2017 arrest.

The officer also faces new indictments from a June 2017 arrest to add to his list of legal woes.

Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff was indicted Feb. 27 on two counts of official oppression, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of tampering with a government record to defraud or cause harm, a state jail felony.

In January, a grand jury indicted Ratliff on the two counts of official oppression. This indictment includes those but tags on a tampering charge.

The incident that led to the indictments involved the arrest of Cory Nutt on May 2, 2017. Prosecutors allege the chief unlawfully trespassed on the suspect’s property without a warrant and eventually approved of Nutt’s jail detention and a report that omitted the officer’s actions.

The same grand jury in February also indicted Llano Police Officer Grant Harden on two counts of official oppression and one count of tampering with a government document in relation to the same incident. He previously had been indicted on one count each of official oppression and tampering with a government document.

Harden’s indictments also allege he trespassed on Nutt’s property and subjected him to “mistreatment” and accuse Harden of “committing or misrepresenting facts of the arrest.”

Ratliff and Harden were placed on leave from the department in January.

Ratliff’s attorney, Austin Shell, said the additional charge against Ratliff does not alter the defense of his client.

“The new allegation does not change our position at all. We have filed a motion for a speedy trial so we can get this matter resolved and set before a jury trial as soon as possible,” Shell said. “The chief behaved in a way we expect our law enforcement to behave. He did nothing wrong.”

Two other Llano police officers, Aimee Shannon and Jared Latta, also face charges in connection with the May 2017 arrest.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in the 33rd/424th Judicial District Court on May 29.

Since December, a grand jury has charged Harden in indictments connected to three different arrests:

• Also on Feb. 27, a Llano County grand jury unveiled a third incident involving Harden that resulted in two counts of official oppression. Prosecutors allege that, during an April 25, 2016, incident, Harden unlawfully arrested Brooke Carta for resisting arrest, subjected her to “mistreatment,” and searched her vehicle without following “due course of law.”

• On Dec. 5, a Llano County grand jury indicted Harden on two counts of tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, one count of tampering with a government document, and three counts of official oppression. Prosecutors allege that, during the June 20, 2017, incident, Harden was involved in an effort to “alter or destroy or conceal” an video/audio recording of an alcohol-related arrest involving Jenny Cambiano and Enrique Gonzalez and subjected Cambino to “excessive force.”

Harden’s attorney, Travis Williamson, could not be reached for comment.

connie@thepicayune.com

5 Responses to “More indictments for Llano police chief, officer related to arrests”

  1. Jet says:

    That the community on daily trib isn’t outraged about the behavior of these officers and leaving comments is very telling.

    • Robert says:

      People have become docile sheep.

    • Ch says:

      That is because it is a good old boy city,all of it is dirty if your not part of system,previous police chief was just as bad maybe this time they will get what they deserve the whole lot,but they do not think their untouchable now.

      • Sammy a. Cordell III says:

        Hey, that sounds alot like my post, I was a good Ole grandbabyboy now my own anxieties aside for second I just want to use my daddy’s story rightnow of how 8,000$ of fines and 6 more pending charges of at least 2$00 each from your cityordanance straight to citymuninciple 3 cubicles over! And my daddy’s yard looks no different than any other city citizen!all of except one of the vehicles ok two but all of those other (“junk vehicles”) started up and drove away

        • Sammy a. Cordell III says:

          I know that grant harden may have been an aprentace of the law,. However this is also expected in an honest attempt to maintaining life’s ethics. And real behavioral modification,in cognitive intervention . 101 they still ruin namesake in this town by making their own names win the favor amongst the ritceyist ranchers or just the other polotik that we letmurder and confine and lie to our face? Look what officer lotta did to me on my way from my grannies to my daddy’s. Now woop warrants””.!??????$$$$$$$$$$???????????for what I went to court on it just so I wouldn’t get fta. Guess what!

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