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David Whitlock (right) David Whitlock (right)
Whitlock said the company hasn't earned a penny since they've opened because they haven't had any clients. Whitlock said the company hasn't earned a penny since they've opened because they haven't had any clients.

LOUISVILLE, KY - The Commonwealth Attorney's Office is looking into a Louisville business linked to a former Jefferson County Constable. David Whitlock is once again in the spotlight.  Whitlock was barred from working in law enforcement after taking a plea in a shooting case.  

In 2011 it was a Walmart security video that caused all eyes to focus in on Whitlock, now it's his new business that's raising some eyebrows. It's called Securus, a security business off Dixie Highway, located in the same store front where he worked as a Jefferson County Constable.

Whitlock was charged with shooting a suspected shoplifter at the Walmart on Raggard Road back in 2011. He later took an Alford plea, meaning he didn't admit guilt, but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him. As part of Whitlock's plea deal, he can not work in law enforcement and can not carry a weapon while he is in the felony diversion program, which is up in November.

"I don't believe working in a security capacity violates his plea agreement," said Whitlock's attorney Brian Butler. "The plea agreement says he can not work in law enforcement. A security company is clearly not law enforcement."

According to the Securus website, the company provides physical site security, off-duty police officers, traffic control services and conceal/carry weapons classes. It's a one-stop shop for employers who need pre-employment screening and/or drug testing. And, a solution for those who need legal process served in the Louisville area.

WAVE 3 stopped by the business, which Whitlock says opened in October 2012. He told WAVE 3 News Michael Stephens handles the business and that he's a silent partner.

"David wants to move on his life," said Butler. "He certainly has not invited this scrutiny that is coming now and wants to move on with his life and move on with his family and has no intention of violating the court's order."

Whitlock said the company hasn't earned a penny since they've opened because they haven't had any clients.

The Commonwealth Attorney's office is hoping to decide by the end of the week on whether to file a motion to remove Whitlock from diversion. A judge makes the ultimate decision.

If Whitlock is found to have violated his plea agreement, he could be re-indicted and prosecuted for the original charges.

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