Officer Charged In Missing Evidence Case Undergoing Chemotherapy

Sunday, April 29th 2007, 10:11 pm
By: News On 6

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- A retired Bartlesville police officer charged with stealing seized drugs is free on a recognizance bond, which will allow him to continue undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Washington County Undersheriff Dennis Nix says 46-year-old Kyle Scott Willaford was released Saturday on the $25,000 bond.

Nix says Willaford will remain free until the former officer is through with his chemotherapy treatments.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, citing a close source, reported that Willaford is suffering from stage 4 cancer.

Willaford was charged Tuesday with 18 counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance. According to the filed charges, the alleged crimes were committed from August 2001 to November 2006.

An affidavit signed by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Lynette Lee states Willaford acknowledged taking pain pills from a police evidence room.

Willaford retired from the Bartlesville Police Department on February 24th.

To view the affidavit click here.

To view the charges against Kyle Willaford click here.

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