Indicted Police Officers Plead Not Guilty Assault, Misconduct Charges

RICHMOND, KY -- Attorneys for two central Kentucky police officers accused of assault and misconduct have entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients in Madison District Court, reports the Richmond Register.

Former Berea Police Lt. Billy Beavers and Richmond Sr. Patrolman Stephen Parker are charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and misconduct stemming from a July 4 vehicle pursuit. It was the first hearing for the officers since they were indicted in September, reports the newspaper.

The case had been on hold while the court appointed a special judge and prosecutor to hear the case. Senior Judge Michael Harrod, who serves Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties, will preside over the case. Assistant Fayette County Attorney Jennifer True will serve as special prosecutor, writes the Register.

Attorney for Parker, Mary Sharp, asked that dates be set for a pre-trial conference and trial date, and she and Attorney Scott Crosby, Beavers’ lawyer, asked that the dates be set as soon as possible for their clients’ well-being. A pre-trial date was scheduled to be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 16.

The Richmond Register reports attorneys estimated the case would take two days to try if it is presented to a jury. It was scheduled for Dec. 19-20, with Dec. 18 reserved for any pre-trial motions to be heard. The cases will be tried together.

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