The widow of a Board of Public Utilities executive and Wyandotte County attorney are suing a Kansas Bureau of Investigation detective for allegedly making statements to a grand jury that linked them to the 1987 murder-for-hire killing of a political boss.
The Kansas City Star reported that Jill Conklin, the widow of ex-BPU chief administrative officer Marc Conklin, and Rod Turner, a former Wyandotte County counselor who did work for the utility, claim that KBI special agent Bill Delaney falsely implicated the two men in the killing of Wyandotte County Democratic Party Chairman Chuck Thompson.
From the Star:
Both actions allege that Delaney falsely implicated the men in theIn October 2008, a grand jury indicted Conklin and Turner for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from the utility. Conklin allegedly approved payment of phony bills for legal services that Turner
Thompson murder during his testimony before a grand jury looking into
irregularities at the utilities board. Both similarly claim that Delaney
made repeated statements before the grand jury that Turner, Conklin and
others either were responsible for Thompson's killing or had knowledge
that might help solve the case.
Those statements were prejudicial, Conklin claims, and influenced the
grand jury's decision to bring the indictments.
had submitted between September 1, 2003, and April 30, 2008.
In March 2009, Conklin committed suicide. A judge later threw out the charges against Turner, citing "prejudicial statements" made by Delaney to the grand jury.
The WyCo DA is appealing the judge's ruling in the Kansas Court of Appeals.