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State

Pike County gets new prosecutor after sheriff case

PITTSFIELD – Pike County has a new state's attorney to replace the former top prosecutor who accused the county sheriff of misconduct.

The Pike County Board held a special meeting on Thursday to accept former Pike County State's Attorney Carrie Boyd's resignation. Board members also named Matt Goetten to serve as her replacement through Nov. 30. That's when voters will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of Boyd's term, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported.

Boyd resigned last week, citing personal and family matters. She was elected to a four-year term in 2012. Goetten, 42, is a former Greene County state's attorney. He didn't seek re-election to that job to make a failed run for Congress in 2012 from the 13th District.

"I can help you bridge the gap between what you have now, which is nobody, to get you through November so the citizens of Pike County can elect a person they want for the next couple of years," Goetten said.

Petty also is the county coroner. He has pleaded not guilty.

Boyd had charged Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty last month after authorities said he didn't follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez, of Milton, who fatally overdosed on heroin in 2012. The case stems from the fact that Petty didn't draw blood for a toxicology screening before Lopez's body was embalmed.

An Adams County judge ruled last week that having the Pike County State's Attorney's office prosecute the case was a conflict of interest. The judge said he would refer the case to the State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor and then the Illinois Attorney General's office.

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