Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Search Warrant Served on Phoenix Cops for DNA Samples in Murder Investigation

Phoenix, AZ--There can be no doubt that investigators are convinced that Phoenix Police Sergeant Sean Drenth’s killing was a murder and that a fellow officer or officers are suspected of committing that crime.

Investigators originally sought the samples from officers on a voluntary basis but after they refused, a Search Warrant was quickly sought and served on them. The officer being forced to provide DNA samples are all part of an ongoing theft investigation related to paid off-duty security work. Nearly 30 officer were caught up in the allegations.

The theory of the investigators is that Sgt. Drenth may have been murdered by one or more fellow officers to silence him in the ongoing investigation. Drenth was found shot-gunned to death in a deserted alley near an empty State Capital parking lot on October 18, 2010 by security workers.

To obtain the Search Warrant investigators had to submit a sworn affidavit containing probable cause that one or more of the officers were involved in the Murder. That affidavit will become a public record very quickly once every DNA sample has been collected.

I can’t help but suspect that in such a large group someone won’t cut an immunity deal to implicate others. This would be tricky since prosecutors will want some piece of additional evidence consistent with the testimony.

This Murder case may come to a very ugly and rapid conclusion. I can’t help but believe prosecutors will be asking for the Death Penalty against a Phoenix cop or cops in this terribly sad case.

I suspect that this case will keep Phoenix defense lawyers and their private investigators busy for many years to come.


Det. Shaved Longcock said...

The news has been filled the last few days with bad news about police officers from various departments. It's not a good thing.

I can only hope that the DNA proves NO COPS WERE INVOLVED.

Ed Skinner said...

"Pathetic" is the word that comes to mind when I consider the rather small sums of money, the career-ending but not fatal consequences of the original wrong doing, but then the escalation of that situation into the passions that ignited a murder.
Whoever pulled the trigger is one sorry example of a human being. I will feel a certain amount of sorrow for the perpetrator as the bolt is turned in the lock, but have no doubt I would be quite determined to do so if asked to be the one holding the key.
"Lock 'em up, Danno."
Can't have people like that running around free. This is what prisons -- and the death sentence -- are for.

Anonymous said...

I can only hope that the DNA proves NO COPS WERE INVOLVED.

November 24, 2010 10:47 PM

It wont.Very few real COPS left.Lots of idiots who like the shiney thing too much.The precious corrupts.

john said...

Happy Thanksgiving

old retired guy in az.