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Couple charged in extortion case indicted

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Hearing set for April 21 in Shelby Circuit Court

By Lisa King

A husband and wife charged with extortion of a Taylorsville Police officer has been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury.

Joshua T. Phillips and Dee Ann Boman-Phillips of Shelbyville were indicted March 19 on felony charges of extortion, complicity theft by extortion and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor and having a prescription drug not in an approved container. The three felonies can result in a possible combined 15 years in prison.

Kentucky State Police arrested the couple, which resides on Baker Drive, on Dec. 10 in Shelbyville on those charges. Both have a court date of April 21 in Shelby Circuit Court.

According to the KSP citation, Phillips, 30, admitted to extorting between $800 and $1,700 cash from Todd Walls, a Jefferson County resident and Taylorsville Police officer. The citation also states that Bowman-Phillips, 27, is complicit in the theft.

Officials said Walls was not on duty during the time of the alleged incidents and that there is no apparent connection to the Taylorsville Police Department.

The case originally appeared on the Spencer County District Court docket after the KSP officer erroneously reported the incidents having taken place in Spencer County. Because the incidents occurred in Shelby County, Spencer County Circuit Court Clerk Becky Robinson said they should have been filed under Shelby County.

According to court documents, Phillips allegedly threatened to distribute photos to Walls’ family, employer and to the media that could damage his reputation if he did not pay the required amount of money.

Phillips consented to state police’s searching his residence, which resulted in police’s locating two prescription pill bottles and a red straw used for snorting crushed pills.

According to Bowman-Phillips’ arrest citation, she had two prescription pill bottles on her person when arrested. One contained half of an Opana and the other bottle contained a whole pill. The report said she also had a red straw that had been cut short, which was used for snorting crushed pills.

Bowman-Phillips told police she and Phillips had purchased the pills and that each had snorted half a pill, according to the citation. A 5-month-old female under the couple’s care was also in the residence during the search.

The Spencer Magnetcontacted Walls, who said he had been advised not to comment.

Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said Walls is not under any type of internal investigation in relation to the case.

“From our standpoint the Kentucky State Police are conducting the investigation,” Lewis said. “When theirs is closed, we can look at it administratively.”

The Phillips’ attorney, Liz Curtin of La Grange, declined to comment on the case.