Deputy who uses dogs in scent IDs will retire

Amarillo.comWeb-Posted Thursday, January 21, 2010

DALLAS - A Texas sheriff's deputy facing lawsuits for claiming his bloodhounds can sniff out bad guys by matching their scents to crime scene evidence will retire at the end of the month, officials said Wednesday.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Pikett announced his resignation last week, saying he was ready to "hang it up," Sheriff Milton Wright said.

Pikett is the defendant in at least three pending lawsuits from men who say they were wrongly jailed after the deputy's dogs linked them to crimes. Authorities eventually dropped charges in the cases.

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