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Adams attorney: Chief blindsided by arrest

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Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams has no plans to resign, his attorney said Tuesday.

Adams was booked with theft and malfeasance in office yesterday. State Police accuse him of using $7,000 out of a department bank account for personal use. 

"I think blindsided is an appropriate word," Lafayette criminal defense attorney Kevin Stockstill said of his client. "This came as a surprise to both of us."

Stockstill said he had worked with the chief more than two years ago, when staff with the Legislative Auditor's office were looking into the bank account that's the source of the charges against Adams. To read our story about that investigation, click here

Stockstill said there were "accusations and insinuations" at that time that Adams had used funds from the account, which was set up by previous chiefs in the 1970s, for personal use. 

"Our response was to try to produce evidence that they weren't," Stockstill said. "I was under the impression that the Legislative Auditor was satisfied with our responses that there was no misappropriation. I can only assume State Police have a difference of opinion."

Stockstill said he and his client now are going to see what exactly State Police is alleging. 

"We have to see what we're dealing with," he said. "Right now, we don't know. To be honest, I was very surprised to get that call from State Police."

He said Adams was shocked, as well, but is just going to keep doing his job. 

"He has no plans to resign or to do anything but move forward in his position as Chief of Police of Kaplan," Stockstill said. 

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