Former Muncie police officer found not guilty of obstruction of justice

Former Muncie police officer found not guilty of obstruction of justice

MUNCIE, Ind. — A jury in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Wednesday found former Muncie police officer Corey Posey not guilty of obstruction of justice.

The acquittal ended a three-year legal saga.

In 2023, Posey, 32, was tried twice on allegations that he filed a false police report. In both cases, juries failed to reach a unanimous verdict, leading to mistrials.

The obstruction charge stems from an allegation that Posey falsified a report stemming from an August 2018 incident in which fellow officer Chase Winkle beat an arrestee. Posey was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2021.

Winkle was sentenced in August to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to 11 counts stemming from attacks on people arrested in 2018 and 2019.

Last October, Posey negotiated a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice.

However, the deal – which called for Posey to be placed on probation for one year, including three months of electronic house arrest – was rejected by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Jan. 31.

She noted a “disparity” in the proposed resolution of the Posey case and the convictions of three other former Muncie officers who also became co-defendants in the Winkle investigation.

The federal investigation into allegations of excessive force, primarily targeting Winkle, also resulted in the convictions of other former Muncie officers — two of them for filing false reports about Winkle’s behavior. They received prison sentences ranging from 19 months to six months.

Posey resigned from the Muncie Police Department last October when he took the proposed plea deal.

In a memo supporting the plea deal, Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Blackett said there was no need for Posey to go to prison, noting that he never used excessive force and that at the time of the alleged offense he was still a probationary officer in training under Winkle.

When the judge rejected the plea deal in January, she offered to allow Posey to plead guilty and face a 10-month prison sentence. The former Muncie police officer and his attorneys, K. Michael and Chelsea Granville-Read, chose to appear in court for a third time.

Defense witnesses at this week’s trial in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis included Muncie Police Chief Nate Sloan and Delaware County District Attorney Eric Hoffman.

In a statement released Wednesday, Posey thanked those who supported him over the past three years and said he looked forward to “a new chapter of peace for myself and my children now that I have finally been acquitted of something I should never have been charged with.”

Douglas Walker is a reporter for the Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected].