Despite being “troubled” by the actions of Barren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Bennett, a federal judge did not agree with prosecutors who wanted him detained until his August trial date and ruled that he remain free on bond.
Bennett was in front of District Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green on Wednesday morning to show cause as to why he should remain out on bond after two incidents in which he was accused of intimidating potential federal witnesses.
The witnesses are part of the federal deprivation of rights case Bennett faces along with Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies Adam Minor and Eric Guffey.
The prosecution made a motion May 14 for the hearing, claiming Bennett had violated the conditions of his release by speaking to a nurse practitioner at T.J. Samson Community Hospital about elements of the case. They also claimed fellow BCSO deputy Steve Runyon said Bennett had intimidated him while the two were assisting a motorist.
At the hearing, prosecutor Roy Conn III called Special Agent James Brown to the witness stand, where he testified that Mary Anderson and Runyon had contacted him to tell him about their contact with Bennett.
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