Just moments after entering a not guilty plea in federal court, Caple and his attorney, Thomas Clay, spoke out about the case.
"The United States is going to turn over discovery to us," began Clay. "I hope at that point it'll make things a little bit clearer about where they're coming from."
In a one-count federal indictment filed October 1, investigators accused Caple of having officers cover up a mobile meth lab then lying to the FBI about it. Federal investigators said the alleged meth lab was on the property of Hillview Mayor Jim Eadens.
"We've done an extensive investigation into these allegations, as well," said Clay. "I think there's substantial evidence that tends to show that [Caple] is innocent of any wrongdoing."
Despite the allegations, Caple assured he had been cloaked in support from the community Eadens appointed him to serve as police chief.
"I think they believe in me and I've been there now for almost 14 years," began Caple. "I've tried to do everything I can to make it a better community."
No one wanted to speak on camera at Hillview City Hall. Off camera, however, several staff members did express their support for Caple, calling him a man with integrity.
"I've had numerous, numerous phone calls of people that have come by the police department bringing cakes, things like that to me in support of me," said Caple. "I want to thank them, the people of Hillview. I want to thank the city council and also thank the mayor for their support."
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin released Caple on his own recognizance. He is expected back at the Gene Snyder United States Courthouse for trial on December 16 at 9:30 a.m.
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