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Video: CHP commissioner talks about his officers and Turlock murder case

California Highway Patrol commissioner Joe Farrow talks to members of the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board in 2014. Last Friday, Farrow apologized to the family of a murdered Turlock man in a case in which three CHP officers have been charged.
California Highway Patrol commissioner Joe Farrow talks to members of the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board in 2014. Last Friday, Farrow apologized to the family of a murdered Turlock man in a case in which three CHP officers have been charged. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Last week’s shocking allegations that three California Highway Patrol officers were charged in a Turlock murder probe prompted Commissioner Joe Farrow to drive to the city on Friday to make a public statement about the case and offer his condolences to victim Korey Alan Kauffman’s family.

Kauffman went missing in 2012. His remains were found the following year in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Last week, police announced that former CHP officer Walter W. Wells has been charged with first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy and false imprisonment. Officers Scott J. McFarlane and Eduardo Quintanar are charged with criminal conspiracy and being accessories.

Modesto attorney Frank C. Carson is accused of leading the conspiracy to kill Kauffman that also involved five other people.

Here’s part of what Farrow said:

Allegations ‘rip at the soul’ of the department, Farrow says. One former officer accused of murdering Korey Kauffman. Two others charged with criminal conspiracy and being accessories to the crime

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