News 4 Investigates: Devin James, Charlie Dooley stories don't a -

News 4 Investigates: Devin James, Charlie Dooley stories don't align

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

FERGUSON, Mo. ( – The man leading the controversial public relations campaign for Ferguson is now the focus of controversy himself. Devin James was fired Thursday after his criminal background came into light.

Devin James acknowledges that he was convicted of reckless homicide years ago after killing a man he said broke into his home.  James’ main contract was with St. Louis Economic Development Council.  

County Executive Charlie Dooley says he knew nothing of James’ past and only met James a few days ago.  James, however, says otherwise.   James said he had worked with Dooley for years, and that Dooley knew he was a felon, but that's not what Dooley's spokeswoman told News 4 Friday, by denying any knowledge.
A picture on social media shows Devin James with Charlie Dooley 9 weeks ago, two months earlier than Dooley claims he first met James.  James says he posed for the picture with Dooley at a fundraiser several years ago. Dooley, through his spokeswoman Pat Washington, claims the County Executive didn't meet James until 5 or 6 days ago.
James said he was fired Thursday after his criminal history was revealed by the Post-Dispatch. He says he was told Dooley and Development Council CEO Denny Coleman made the decision based on his criminal record, even though James insists they knew that already.
News 4 made repeated requests to interview Coleman and Dooley, even showing up at Dooley's office.

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