Pike County Gets A New Prosecutor

Jun 13, 2014

Pike County Sheriff's Department
Credit pikecountyil.org

Pike County has a new state's attorney to replace the former top prosecutor who accused the county sheriff of misconduct.  

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports  that the Pike County Board held a special meeting Thursday night to accept former Pike County State's Attorney Carrie Boyd's resignation. Board members also named Matt Goetten as her replacement to serve through Nov. 30. That's when voters will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of Boyd's term.  

Goetten is a former Greene County state's attorney. Boyd resigned last week, citing personal and family matters.  

Boyd had charged Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty last month after authorities said he didn't follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez of Milton. Petty also is the county coroner. He has pleaded not guilty. The state will likely name a special prosecutor for that case.