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New Home ISD employee on leave following TV show investigating unsolved murder

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A New Home ISD employee is on administrative leave because of questions raised connecting the employee to an unsolved murder in Bailey County. New Home is just southwest of Lubbock, Bailey County is northwest of the city.

Oxygen network's "Cold Justice" covered the 2006 unsolved murder of Jonathan Kindle on an episode Saturday. On the show, the team identified a New Home ISD employee.

This is a statement released by New Home Superintendent Shane Fiedler 

"On September 1, 2018, a cable network aired a reality television program relating to an unsolved homicide that occurred in 2006 in Bailey County, Texas. The producers of that television program strongly suggest the possibility that a particular person was likely responsible for that homicide. The program interviewed that person, who denied any culpability in the crime and maintained their innocence. That person is an employee of New Home ISD.

"Upon notification of this matter, the Superintendent of schools placed the employee on administrative leave, pending a further investigation into the circumstances of the allegations. Further, the Superintendent contacted law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case to determine, what further action, if any, might be necessary in light of the relevant facts of the case. Those communications with law enforcement are currently ongoing, and the District will cooperate with law enforcement to the fullest extent permitted by law.

"State law and District policy consider personnel information to be confidential; consequently, NHISD cannot provide further information on this matter. Once the District’s investigation is complete, the District’s administration will examine the findings and determine what further action(s), if any, are appropriate. The District takes every allegation of employee misconduct seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment."

No charges have been filed in this case.

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