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December 4, 2012

Attorneys for Barren County Sheriff, deputies argue motions in federal court

GLASGOW — More than an hour was spent in U.S. District Court in front of Judge Joseph H. McKinley Monday afternoon discussing and arguing over topics ranging from tattoos to extra-marital affairs during a motion hearing for the federal deprivation of rights case filed against the Barren County Sheriff and two deputies.

Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies Aaron Bennett and Eric Guffey watched their defense attorneys, J. Guthrie True, Buddy Alexander and Brian Butler, respectively, go back and forth with prosecutors Roy Conn III and Sanjay Patel, of the U.S. Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, about 10 different motions that have been filed.

The case stems from the Feb. 24, 2010, arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett. After a two-county car chase in which Stinnett was driving a van that housed a mobile methamphetamine lab, deputies arrested Stinnett and charged him with wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Eaton, Bennett, Guffey and deputy Joseph Adam Minor allegedly beat Stinnett after he was in handcuffs and then lied to federal investigators about the incident.

Minor changed his plea to guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators, and he is now a witness for the prosecution. The remaining defendants face a range of charges including deprivation of rights under color of law, aiding and abetting, witness tampering, falsification of a document, false statements and destruction of records, documents or tangible objects.

See the full story in the print or E-edition of Tuesday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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