FOX 13 has obtained new information in the shooting death of 21-year-old Danielle Willard. It points to a West Valley City narcotics officer who appears to be under criminal investigation as 19 cases with his name on them are in the process of being dismissed by Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.
Gill is not naming the officer but the most of the potentially dismissed cases all have named Detective Shaun Cowley as an arresting officer.
The Salt Lake District Attorney is not being specific about what problems the cases have but they’re mostly drug related and Gill says there are questions about credible evidence. Gill felt he couldn’t prove the cases beyond a reasonable doubt so he’s filed motions to dismiss the charges.
“This is not something very typical but this is part of our ethical and legal obligation,” said Gill.
Gill says when West Valley Police learned of the concerns they brought in Salt Lake City police to investigate.
Rod will talk about accountability , or lack thereof, in the WVC Police Department at 4:05pm
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