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Coroner: 2013-06-13_Caseyville police chief facing charges kills self,
BYLINE: staff

Caseyville, Il

CASEYVILLE, Ill.—A police chief in Caseyville facing official misconduct charges was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home on Thursday.

J.D. Roth’s body was found at his home on Avalon Dr. around 10:50 a.m., according to St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone.

Additional details surrounding his death were not immediately available.

Roth was charged in May with two felony counts of official misconduct after he allegedly used a vehicle seized by police for his own personal use.

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly told the Caseyville Mayor in March that Roth needed to be kept away from criminal investigations because his lack of credibility would hurt cases.

In response, Roth was suspended.

City officials said Roth did not sell the pickup truck at auction, as directed by state law. Village records show that Roth instead drove the 2003 Dodge Ram 65,000 miles for personal use and charged the village more than $6,000 for maintenance.

In addition to using the car seized by police, Roth is also charged with taking luggage purchased by the village and using it for personal travel.

Roth was arraigned on May 9 and his bond was set at $40,000. Each charge was punishable by a possible five years in prison and $25,000 fine.


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