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Swansea police chief resigns

(Swansea) February 6, 2007 - Last month, a two-year-old girl was murdered Swansea. We've learned that in the midst of that investigation, Swansea's police chief has resigned.

But the town's mayor says Chief Ben Spence's decision to quit has nothing to do with the case. Mayor Ray Spires tells News 10 that Spence turned in his resignation Monday.

Spence had been leading the probe into last month's murder of two-year-old Jalah Peeples, and the wounding of her parents.

Officials say two masked men went to the Elm Creek Apartments in Swansea looking for James Peeples. During a gunfight, Peeples and his girlfriend, Laura McMichael, were wounded. Their daughter Jalah was caught in the crossfire and killed.

No arrests have been made. Spence has not been available for comment.

Spires says Spence had indicated he was interested in farming. But the mayor says town officials had no idea the chief was about to resign.

Assistant Chief Clif Hayes has been named interim chief.

Posted 7:39pm by Chantelle Janelle

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