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Trial Is Underway For Four Eastern Kentucky Officials

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A trial is underway for four eastern Kentucky officials, including a judge-executive, accused of misusing county funds in exchange for votes.

Testimony began on Monday in federal court against Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, Deputy Judges Phillip Champion and Mac Combs, and Magistrate Ronnie Adams.

The four are accused of using one and a half million dollars of county funds to blacktop driveways to gain votes in the 2006 general election.

An auditor testified the three companies who did the work did not document which roads they blacktopped.

The former road foreman, Dean Bentley, testified he thought the work was illegal, and claims he was fired after he cooperated with investigators.

Defense attorneys say the four men did not do anything wrong.


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