Prosecutor who charged Pike County sheriff resigns suddenly

News-DemocratJune 2, 2014 

Joe Christ.


The Pike County prosecutor who filed official misconduct charges against the sheriff who investigated the overdose death of St. Clair County Associate Judge Joe Christ resigned Monday.

Pike County State's Attorney Carrie Boyd submitted her resignation to County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman. Boyd could not be reached for comment.

Borrowman received a voicemail from Boyd on Monday morning, announcing her intention to resign, Borrowman said. He has since received a letter of resignation from Boyd.

Borrowman said Boyd cited personal and family matters as a reason for her resignation.

Sheriff Paul Petty, who also serves as the county coroner, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday afternoon to answer a criminal information filed on May 16 by Boyd regarding his handling of a case unrelated to Christ's death.

Boyd charged Petty with releasing the body of Shanda Lopez, who authorities said died of a drug overdose, for embalming before blood was taken to conduct toxicology tests.

John R. Edgar, 26, of Kampsville, Ill., was charged with drug induced homicide in connection with Lopez's death.

Petty entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. He declined to comment.

Petty investigated the death of Joe Christ, who died at the Pike County hunting cabin owned by the family of former St. Clair Circuit Judge Michael Cook on March 10, 2013. Cook was later arrested and charged with heroin possession and weapons charges. He began serving a two-year prison sentence last week.

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