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Manslaughter, DUI charges against JCPS teacher dropped

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LOUISVILLE, KY(WAVE) – The charges against a former Jefferson County Public School teacherwho was accused ofhitting and killing a woman while driving under the influence have been dropped in connection to anongoing investigation against a Louisville Metro Police Department officer.

According to court records, charges of manslaughter and DUI againstChristopher Purcell were dropped on Tuesday.

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Purcell taught plumbing and technical education teacher atIroquois High School. In August 2012 police said he failed to give the right ofway to a motorcycle near Strathmoor Boulevard and Bardstown Road. Purcell'sJeep Cherokee and the motorcycle collided. Court records said he had ablood alcohol content of .088.

Tracey Blevins, 31, was riding on the back of the motorcycleand was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The charges against Purcell were called into question afterthe lead officer involved in the case, Christopher Thurman, was indicted for theftby deception over $10,000 and official misconduct in February 2014.

Thurman, who has since been placed on paidadministrative reassignment, was a traffic and drug recognition officer forLMPD.  He was accusedof falsifying his time sheets to rack up extra overtime. City records indicate he had been paid $140,000 in overtime since 2008.

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On Feb. 18,2014 Thurman pled not guilty to the charges against him. Purcell also pled notguilty to his charges in August 2012.

Dozens ofother cases Thurman was involved with still remain in jeopardy.

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