Breathitt Superintendent in jail after court appearance

Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner is in jail after a judge said he violated conditions of his bond.

Court records show Turner had contact with his co-defendant, John L. Turner, in a federal vote buying case.

Turner's attorney says they will not appeal the ruling, which means the superintendent will remain in jail until the end of his trial.
“There was no question there was a violation of the court's order about having contact with witnesses or other co-defendants. We're just going to continue to vigorously get ready for trial and proceed and present our case at trial and defend him to the best of our ability and work for his acquittal,” Brent Caldwell said.

Turner maintains his innocence.

An indictment accuses Turner of conspiring with John Turner to buy votes in the May 2010 primary election.

It also alleges that Arch Turner influenced another person to falsely testify before a grand jury that he had no knowledge of buying votes.

Turner faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

His trial is set to begin July 30th in Lexington.


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