Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Pikett announced last week that he is resigning.
The announcement comes at a time of numerous lawsuits for the 'Deputy Dog handler'. Keith Pikett is the infamous deputy that has conducted countless, controversial 'dog scent lineups' for Fort Bend County and other law enforcement agencies, resulting in many convictions.
Many of those cases have been dropped, and the accused deemed 'wrongly convicted'. At least 3 of the wrongly jailed men have lawsuits pending against Pikett.
Jeff Blackburn, the founder for the Innocence Project of Texas and counsel for the 3 plaintiffs, said it was "no surprise" Pikett stepped down after being "exposed" in the lawsuits.
Pikett’s attorney, Randy Morse said the deputy’s retirement is not related to the lawsuits. He said Pickett is at retirement age and will maintain an affiliation with the county as a reserve deputy.