If a judge rules in favor of the latest motion filed in Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton’s federal case, the highly-anticipated trial of the sheriff and two deputies will not occur in December as planned.
After two more charges were filed against Eaton on Wednesday, Eaton’s attorney, J. Guthrie True, decided to file a Thursday morning motion for a continuance of the trial that is scheduled for Dec. 3 in the Western District of Kentucky U.S. District Court in Bowling Green.
A 13-count indictment names Eaton and deputies Aaron Bennett, Eric Guffey and Joseph Adam Minor in charges of 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. The allegations stem from a Feb. 24, 2010, arrest incident in which Billy Randall Stinnett led law enforcement on a two-county car chase while driving a van carrying a mobile methamphetamine lab. Stinnett has alleged that after his apprehension he was beaten while handcuffed.
Minor pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators on May 1, and now awaits sentencing. Eaton, Bennett and Guffey have maintained not guilty pleas.
For the full story, read the Nov. 16 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.