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Clark County deputy accused of tampering with Urbana murder case

Jerald Myers' homeA Clark County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged after he allegedly impeded the Jerald Myers murder investigation in Urbana.

On Thursday, Deputy Matthew Kerns, 38, was indicted on felony counts of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor.

On June 24th, Urbana police questioned Kerns, then searched his home and collected evidence.

Christopher Myers, 38, is accused of murdering his father, Jerald Myers, on May 25th.

Myers, who’s lodged in the Tri-County Regional Jail, was indicted Thursday on two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of having weapons while under disability.

Kerns is related to the Myers family.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell declined to release details of the interview or the evidence collected in Kerns' home.

Lingrell said, "I appreciate the thorough and professional assistance that was provided to the Urbana Police Division and my investigators by the sheriff’s administration at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as well as the offices of Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi and Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson.

It is never gratifying to arrest a law enforcement officer who has been sworn to protect and uphold the law, but this investigation required us to address what we learned was alleged illegal tampering with the criminal judicial process, already in motion, involving the murder of Jerald Myers. It is our desire to represent Jerald Myers honorably and completely, and to also make certain his alleged killer, Chris Myers, is afforded with a fair judicial process."

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