In Breach of Trust, the Evidence I questioned some of the items mentioned in the search inventory from Ryan Frederick’s home after the death of Det. Jarrod Shivers. In particular, the deceptive nature of the inventory, mentioning the finding of marijuana but not indicating the quantity, thus giving the impression that the alleged marijuana growing operation had been found when, in fact, it had not. Those questions remain unanswered. Frederick has been charged with “manufacturing marijuana’ but what evidence, if any supports that charge remains a mystery. Frankly, I don’t care. Had the police found tons of marijuana, the problems with the manner in which the warrant was obtained and the conduct of the raid would remain.
Further, another item in the inventory, an unaccounted for .223 cartridge case, which could not have come from Frederick’s handgun, has become a more troubling problem than before. Det. Kylie Roberts had testified at Frederick’s preliminary hearing that no shots were fired by police. I was prepared to accept that as true, there are a number of innocent means by which that case could have been there, it might have simply been hung up in one of the policemen’s gear from practice at the range and been dislodged there in the confusion. But then, WTKR TV reported that Chesapeake Police may have tampered with evidence indicating at least one shot was fired in addition to the two Frederick fired.
Investigators working for the defense found and photographed a bullet hole in the back of Frederick’s bedroom, but when they returned after police had again visited the property to search for additional evidence, they found the hole had been filled by police.
If a shot was fired by police, that would necessarily not be a problem. The medical examiner has reported that Shivers was indeed killed by a .380 ACP bullet from Frederick’s gun and there would have been no additional wrongdoing by police had they fired in answer to Frederick’s shots.
However, denying they had fired a shot and then tampering with evidence to conceal the perjury is not acceptable. There may still be an innocent explanation for that .223 casing, but there is no innocent explanation for tampering with evidence.