Officer Holmes says a supervisor made him lie. But KCPD brass say he bungled a murder investigation.

The Cop Who Killed a Murder Case 

Officer Holmes says a supervisor made him lie. But KCPD brass say he bungled a murder investigation.

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Holmes went through his involvement in the Coombs case. When Holmes came to the bullets, he said he had eventually forgotten about them. "I was told not to recover them, so I put them in my trunk, and that's where they stayed. It was a small box in a large duty bag. They didn't jump out at me every day."

Harkins asked him how this entire experience made him feel. He said he was being made into a scapegoat. "At first, I believed that the system — that the captains, the commanders, the sergeants — will get to the truth and that I would get a fair shake," Holmes said. "It's all coming on me. Nobody else is accepting any kind of responsibility or even knowing who I am. I believed in the system."

Holmes said he thought he had helped Coombs' family by solving the crime. "I'm not a homicide detective, so I don't know the real tricks of their trade, but I want to give these people some kind of service, some kind of closure to where their loved one was."

He said he still believed that his reputation could be repaired. "To this day, I still feel that somehow, the powers that be will be able to see through this and ... that things will be right."

Finally, after several minutes of Holmes' speech, Berger cut him off. It was Rawls' turn to cross-examine him. But it was 4:50 p.m. Berger called for a recess. Harkins will continue with Holmes' defense when the hearing continues on March 22. Berger will then make a recommendation, and the Board of Police Commissioners may take a month or longer to make their final decision on Holmes' fate.

Henderson sits in the Jackson County Jail. He's already been sentenced to serve 20 years on federal drug charges. But the murder case against him appears shaky. His public defender plans to file a motion later this year to dismiss the case, based on his view that the investigation was botched.

After the hearing, Holmes left KCPD headquarters and drove to his father's house in Kansas City, Kansas. He says the ordeal is an embarrassment to his family.

"Since when, in this country, has a police officer been fired for telling the truth?" Holmes tells the Pitch. "They haven't proved that I was deceptive about anything except for something they want to shape in their favor." The Cop Who Killed a Murder Case Officer Holmes says a supervisor made him lie. But KCPD brass say he bungled a murder investigation.

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