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Police say Shelbyville pair tried to extort Taylorsville policeman

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By Mallory Bilger

TAYLORSVILLE – Two Shelbyville residents are facing multiple charges including allegedly extorting money from a man with Taylorsville ties.

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Baker Drive residents Joshua T. Phillips, 30, and Dee A. Bowman, 27 – who also is identified in court documents as Dee A. Phillips – were arrested Dec. 10 in Shelbyville by Kentucky State Police and charged with theft by extortion, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, buy/possess drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to a KSP uniform citation, Joshua Phillips admitted to having extorted between $800 and $1,700 cash from Todd Walls, Jefferson County resident and Taylorsville Police Officer. The citation also states that Bowman is a complicit in the theft.

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

It is unclear as to where the alleged incidents occurred. The case originally appeared on the Spencer County District Court docket and was transferred to Shelby County. Spencer County Circuit Court Clerk Becky Robinson said the state trooper that completed the citation erroneously reported the incidents taking place in Spencer County, when they should have been filed under Shelby County.

According to court documents, Joshua 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.

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

According to Bowman's arrest citation, "I located on her person two prescription pill bottles – one with half of an Opana and the other with one Opana. Also on her person was a red straw that had been cut short, which was used for snorting crushed pills.”

Bowman told police she and Joshua Phillips had purchased the pills and 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 Magnet contacted Walls, who said he had been advised not to comment. He did, however, maintain that the case is in no way connected with the Taylorsville Police Department.

TPD 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.”

Phillips and Bowman were transported to the Shelby County Detention Center. As of Monday, Bowman had been released, and Phillips remained there.

The two are scheduled to appear in Shelby District Court at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 for a preliminary hearing.