Ewell Hunt will likely go down in Franklin County history as the most boneheaded lawman ever to reign over the hills of Ferrum and the hollows of Snow and Shooting creeks.
The ex-sheriff made some grievous errors in the 2011 case of one of his deputies who went out of control and (allegedly) shot and killed his ex-wife outside a convenience store in front of one of their daughters. And then Jonathan Agee allegedly shot a state trooper, too.
That Hunt tried to keep that rampage on the down-low before those shootings is accepted as a matter of fact. But is a crime? I don’t think so. So why is he on trial, under the theory that his misconduct in office is a misdemeanor violation of common (but not written) law? For more on this, read today’s story by my colleague Neil Harvey.
Hunt was the epitome of incompetence. He allowed his teenage daughter, the infamously nicknamed “Hurricane Ashley,” to play armed cop and issue orders and generally run roughshod over his department. The verdict was returned by Franklin County voters almost a year ago in an election in which Hunt, the incumbent, barely managed to pull 20 percent in a three-way contest.
That was the most important trial. This one seems like piling on. Let it go. Hunt’s and the sheriff’s department’s insurance company has already settled with the estate of Jennifer Agee. This trial simply seems like piling on.
As always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments.