Detective Chris Hunt of the St. Charles County Police Department is Hunt For Justice’s first client and current Director. He was wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes he did not commit. Through a solid legal defense, public awareness, grassroots volunteer work, and truth, Detective Hunt was vindicated.
On February 5, 2009, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the East Central Drug Task Force requested assistance from the St. Charles County Drug Task Force in locating and arresting a wanted methamphetamine cook who was also a fugitive from justice. The suspect was wanted for failing to appear for sentencing on a methamphetamine manufacturing felony conviction and was also wanted for felony child endangerment. This meth cook is also known to possess firearms and has an extensive criminal history.
Upon request, the St Charles County Drug Task Force provided three officers for assistance. After coordinating a controlled delivery of pseudo-ephedrine, an informant notified law enforcement via telephone that she was inside the Montgomery County residence with the suspect. Additional officers from Warren County, the East Central Drug Task Force and St. Charles County were contacted to help. The police on the scene surrounded the house in an attempt to make contact with the suspect. Knocks on the door and announcement of police presence went unanswered by the suspect and the informant.
Additional officers arrived on scene and a meth lab could be seen on the front porch. Additionally, the meth cook, peeked through the window from the kitchen area of the house.
Based on challenging circumstances and the fact that the suspect had multiple felony arrest warrants, officers forced entry into the house. The suspect was located hiding in the bathroom, refused to comply with orders to be placed under arrest, and resisted all attempts. After being subdued by several officers from different agencies, the suspect was taken to the Montgomery County Jail. Prior to being taken to the jail, the suspect’s injuries were documented as a minor cut to his face and scrapes to his knees and elbows which all resulted from his resistance to a lawful arrest. He declined medical attention at the scene.
On October 30, 2009, ONLY the four detectives from St. Charles County were criminally charged with trespassing, property damage, multiple counts of assault, and filing false reports.
On February 3, 2012, two days prior to the statute of limitations, Hunt’s charges were upgraded to Burglary 1st Degree.
On July 30, 2012, Hunt was the first officer of the four to be tried.
On August 2, 2012, after 6 hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty on all counts.
On October 5, 2012, Hunt was sentenced to 5 years in Prison. He was released on a $100,000 bond awaiting an appeal.
On December 23, 2014, Detective Hunt was vindicated when the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his convictions and remanded one for a new trial.
Chris is the current Director of Hunt For Justice.