Plea Agreement Reached In Clay County Drug Case

A plea agreement has been reached in a federal Clay County drug case. It will be the second guilty plea out of the four defendants, who are accused of making one million dollars from alleged drug deals between November 2000 and May 2005. In addition, the two remaining defendants want a new judge in the case.

Bobby Joe Curry's family and friends say he turned his life around in May 2005, giving up drugs for Christianity. His attorney says there's never been any question that he did things wrong in the past. Now Curry is pleading guilty to five counts including conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, and methadone, as well as distributing those drugs which killed Stacey Harris in November 2003.

The two remaining defendants are Former Assistant Chief of Police Todd Roberts and Former 911 Director and City Council Member Vernon Hacker. Together, they are requesting District Judge Danny C. Reeves remove himself from the case. In a motion filed by their attorneys, they claim Judge Reeves made public statements to a local newspaper calling out local and state officials in the federal drug case of Former County Clerk Jennings White. In the same article, he claims denying a change of venue was a mistake, a statement the attorneys say they believe proves Judge Reeves will be impartial to the United State's motion to have this case moved out of the London Federal Courthouse.

Tammy Napier pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this month.

The pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, October 2nd at the federal courthouse in London.


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