Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanors

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky sheriff has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of unauthorized parking in a handicapped zone, menacing and official misconduct.

Todd County Sheriff Billy Stokes appeared in Logan County District Court without an attorney on Monday. Stokes said he will represent himself in the case.

The charges stem from a dispute on March 22. Daniel Draper, 53, of Adairville, accused Stokes of illegally parking in a handicapped spot and said the sheriff threatened him with a stun gun.

Stokes said he was parked in front of a store and was waiting for his wife, but was not in a handicapped spot.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. May 12 in Logan County.

---Information from: Kentucky New Era,

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