Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

September 24, 2012

Barren County circuit judge orders computer returned in Pedigo drug case

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Evidence in a drug trafficking case was ordered to be given back to the man charged in the case because after nearly a year, review of the evidence has not occurred.

Because of questions about the evidence, Chief Guy Turcotte and other GPD officers were requested for a meeting with Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Davis.

The computer seized from the residence of David Tyler Pedigo, 23, of 227 Walnut Street, was given back to him by court order of Barren County Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton. The computer was seized by the Glasgow Police Department, but lead investigators at the GPD have not been reached to specify what to look for on the computer.

“I don’t understand why it would take a year for the police department to have a discussion about this computer,” Patton said in a hearing on Monday.

Pedigo was appearing in court for a pre-trial on charges of selling more than six grams of cocaine to a confidential informant from the GPD in September 2011.

The trial was continued on April 30, 2012, because prosecutors and the defense were waiting for results of the analysis of the computer, being done by a Kentucky State Police laboratory.

Pedigo’s attorney, Johnny Bell, said they wanted the information to use in Pedigo’s defense, but had not received word about the analysis.

The commonwealth’s attorneys office contacted the GPD in January saying a lab technician needed to talk to the lead investigators about what evidence to look for on the computer, according to Kelsy Barrett of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.


For the full story, read the Sept. 25 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.