GLASGOW — Federal prosecutors filed a motion Monday in response to Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton's legal counsel's motion for a judgment of acquittal or for the setting of a new trial.
Attorneys Sanjay Patel and Roy Conn III with the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice filed a request that U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky in Bowling Green deny Eaton's motion for acquittal on counts four and five of a second superseding indictment or to schedule a new trial.
Eaton's attorney, J. Guthrie True of Frankfort, filed the motion for a judgment of acquittal or alternative for a new trial with the court on May 23.
Eaton was found guilty by a federal jury on two counts of witness tampering in a federal deprivation of rights case on May 9. The case involved the alleged use of excessive force by Eaton and others during the arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett on Feb. 24, 2010, following a chase through Barren County and the city of Glasgow. Eaton and his co-defendants were found not quilty on all other charges, but the jury found Eaton guilty of two counts of witness tampering by encouraging BCSO deputies Steve Runyon and Adam Minor to falsify details in their reports of Stinnett’s arrest.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. had not yet ruled on the prosecutors' motion Monday afternoon.