BOWLING GREEN —
"But you're telling us what you said in this courtroom, under the same oath, is true," Eaton's attorney said.
True asked Minor if it was fair for the courtroom and the jury to conclude that if Minor would lie to a grand jury of his community members that he swore to protect and serve, then he would be "willing to lie to a jury of strangers?"
Minor told True that no, that would not be a fair conclusion. Minor lied during the previous testimonies, he said, but he is now telling the truth.
When True asked Minor if he changed his story because he was scared of going to jail or wanted to be sure he got a good deal, Minor said a deal was part of his motivation, but he also wanted to clear Deputy Bobby McCown's name, who was indicted in the Feb. 15, 2012, indictment, but was not present at Stinnett's arrest. However, True told Minor, FBI Agent Mike Brown's notes of his first interview with Minor do not mention McCown or his innocence.
"I repeatedly told them," Minor said.
Brown's notes also said that Minor said he put his own lies in his BCSO report, but Minor told True that he does not remember saying that to Brown.
True further questioned Minor about the possibility the government needed him to cooperate in order to fill holes in its case, but Minor insisted he told the government the truth, and the prosecutors did not ask him to say certain things.
"They didn't explain to me what I needed to say, I just explained to them the truth," Minor said.
With his plea agreement, Minor is facing a prison sentence of up to 6 months, instead of the anticipated nine years if he were convicted on his original counts. Minor's plea agreement disappears, however, if he lies in his court testimony.