Former MPD Officers appear in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former MPD Officers appear in court

Chief Bobby Todd and Major James Krepela stood before a Criminal Court judge Monday and listened to the serious charges against them.

Both high ranking Memphis Police Officers, on the force for more than 30 years, are charged with four counts of official misconduct and tampering with government records. The charges involve a 2004 traffic accident report in which the name of the driver at fault was changed.

Bobby Todd's attorney, Walter Bailey, said he would press for a quick resolution to the case, stopping short of explaining what exactly that meant.

"We're very confident," Bailey said. "We feel Chief Todd hasn't committed any criminal offense."

James Krepela's attorney, Jerry Easter, doesn't have a lot of faith in the prosecution's case.

"The easy part for the government is over," Easter said. "There is an honest non-criminal explanation for everything that occurred."

Easter said in the past, when a traffic investigation form needed to be changed, White-Out would be used. Now there is a separate form used to make changes."

"If a traffic violation is issued in error whether, it's a short ticket or a long ticket, the officers are required to submit a memo to the traffic violations bureau through their commanding officer," said Sgt. Vince Higgins, spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department.

Higgins said there are many reasons a traffic ticket can have errors on it. The most frequent reason is when an officer charges a driver with the wrong thing.

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