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Deputy resigns over missing painkillers

The Herald Dispatch, The Associated Press,

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Berkeley County, WV

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 14-year veteran of the Berkeley County sheriff’s department has resigned after allegedly admitting he stole painkillers that were stored as evidence for an attempted murder trial.

Forty-one-year-old Cpl. Christopher McCulley of Hedgesville resigned Monday. Court records say he admitted taking nine oxycodone pills from an evidence locker.

McCulley had been on administrative leave since the charges surfaced last month.

Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster says McCulley was a committed officer and had been on a special response team until he was injured in the line of duty.

The incident became public Thursday during a pretrial hearing in the attempted murder case.

Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely wouldn’t tell local media whether McCulley would be charged.

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