BOWLING GREEN —
Following Payne’s testimony, True rested the case for Eaton.
Butler then called Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force Director Jeff Scruggs to the stand. Scruggs was a Kentucky State Trooper for 29 years before he formed and became director of the task force. Guffey has worked for Scruggs for almost four years, and the task force is a small group of less than 10 employees.
When asked about Scruggs’ opinion of Guffey’s honesty and moral character, Scruggs testified that he considers Guffey truthful and his character to be “excellent.”
When Scruggs found out about the federal investigation into Feb. 24, 2010, he called FBI agent Mike Brown and asked him if any of his detectives were in legal trouble, Scruggs testified. Brown told him that if his detectives were not wearing uniforms, which none of them were, then they would be fine, Scruggs said.
At the end of 2010, Adam Minor, originally a defendant and now a government cooperating witness, was assigned to the drug task force. Scruggs testified that he called Brown to ask about Minor, and Scruggs said Brown told him he didn’t think he would use Minor as a federal witness.
At the time of that conversation about Minor, Patel said in cross examination that Minor at the time was not cooperating with the government, so Brown had reason to believe Minor was lying. Since then, Minor has begun cooperating with the government, Patel said.
When asked if he would change his opinion of Guffey if Guffey had used excessive force, allowed other officers to use excessive force or made false statements to federal agents, Scruggs answered the question by saying that if someone did any of those things, it would be improper.
In the case of Minor, who worked for Scruggs for about a year, Scruggs testified that he considered his character to be “questionable.”