CC Sheriff responds to claims of cover-up in murder case

Questions have been raised and accusations made that the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was part of a cover-up in connection to the April 2016 murder of Edward Hillhouse, 28, of Bourbon. Another Bourbon resident, Deacon Zelch, 40, was charged with the murder in September 2017, a year and a half after the killing. Zelch’s father, Vernon, was employed by the CCSD as a deputy and civil service processor during that entire time period, and some have said the father interfered with the investigation, delaying the process of implicating his son in the murder.

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