Former Bellville police officer still fighting conviction

Tired of not seeing progress in his case, former Bellville police officer Maurice King III is turning to public officials for a possible resolution.

King was convicted in December of 2008 on seven counts including four felonies, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly attempted to purchase stolen guns from two felons who were acting as informants. King served 22 months in prison after being convicted of several charges including receiving stolen property, possessing criminal tools and dereliction of duty. He was convicted in a second trial following a first proceeding that ended in a hung jury. King filed an appeal to his case in 2010, which ultimately upheld the local court’s verdict.

The former Bellville police office went to the Richland County Commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday to provide them with an audio tape that he claims is one of the two informants used in his case admitting that he lied to avoid his own prosecution.

Retired Richland County Sheriff’s Office Captain Eric Bosko was the lead investigator in King’s case during his stint as a Mansfield police detective. In 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a letter that the agency would no longer take any cases handled by Bosko, citing that he had been evasive at times and deliberately untruthful.

In an attempt to clear his name, King has also presented copies of his recording to Mansfield City Council members.