Officer allegedly tried to hire inmate to kill

June 3, 2009 9:40:27 AM PDT
Authorities are investigating an allegation that a Spring Lake police officer tried to hire an inmate to kill another officer. According to the Fayetteville Observer, inmate George Stokes, mailed a letter to the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office last month. Stokes was being held in the Raleigh Central Prison at the time.

In the letter, Stokes names Sgt. Darryl Eugene Coulter as the officer who approached him. Apparently, Coulter did not tell Stokes the name of the officer he wanted killed.

Coulter is one of two sergeants who was arrested during last month's investigation of the Spring Lake Police Department. The other is Sgt. Alphonzo Devonne Whittington. Both men are facing a number of felony and misdemeanor charges.

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The newspaper also stated that in his letter, Stokes says Coulter was targeting the officer who was responsible for his arrest.

The SBI and prison officials are investigation the allegation. Since the shake up at the Spring Lake department, its police chief resigned.

Gregg Jarvies is serving as the interim chief until at least September. He formerly served as the Chapel Hill police chief.


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