Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 7, 2012

Eaton trial delayed until December

Judge changes date, not venue

BOWLING GREEN — Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and the deputies in a federal deprivation of rights case will have to wait nearly four more months before they see a courtroom.

The Aug. 27 jury trial of Eaton, Deputy Aaron Bennett and Deputy Eric Guffey, has been rescheduled to Dec. 3 in United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green, according to an order by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr.

The order, filed Aug. 7, was given as a final ruling to a motion filed by federal prosecutors who said moving the trial to Owensboro would have been “unduly burdensome” to the witnesses in the trial.

The trial was potentially going to be moved because of a conflict in the court schedule in Bowling Green.

“As grounds for the continuance, the Court finds that the ends of justice served by taking such action outweigh the best interest of the public and the Defendants in a speedy trial because the failure to grant a continuance would be unduly burdensome, both physically and financially, on witnesses who would be required to travel to Owensboro,” McKinley said in his order.

The change of date also means Deputy Adam Minor will not have a final sentencing until at least December. Minor was a defendant in the case but pleaded guilty to one count of giving false statements to federal investigators, based on a plea deal by the prosecution.

 

For the full story, read Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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