Jury finds accomplice guilty in shooting of Sgt. Chesnut

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 12:32pm

A jury found the accomplice in the shooting of a Metro police officer in 2009 guilty of first-degree attempted murder Wednesday morning.

Cortney Logan, of Louisville, Ky., was also found guilty of employing a firearm during a felony after he helped his cousin, Joseph Jackson Jr., escape from custody in Mississippi.

Jackson, who also faced an attempted first-degree murder charge, later shot Metro police Sgt. Mark Chesnut during a traffic stop on June 25, 2009.

Jackson pleaded guilty Monday morning, and his sentencing hearing is set before Judge Seth Norman in November. He faces up to 60 years in prison.

Chesnut stopped the two suspects in a car on Interstate 40 near Bellevue. Logan had earlier helped Jackson escape from prison guards’ custody while at an eye doctor’s appointment in Mississippi.

As Chesnut sat in his police car running the suspect car’s license number, police said Jackson walked up to the passenger-side door of the police car and shot Chesnut.

Jurors heard testimony from Chesnut on Monday and on Tuesday watched a portion of the video recorded by the dashboard camera in Chesnut’s police car.

The 22-year police veteran was able to radio in to other officers that he’d been shot, and the resulting car chase tracked through downtown, ending up at Hermitage and Fairfield avenues after police were able to box the car in.

Jackson was serving a life sentence for two aggravated robberies and an aggravated assault.

Chesnut initially pulled the car over because Logan wasn’t wearing his seat belt.