Deputy's family anxious about inmate's release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The family of a slain Jefferson County
Sheriff's deputy is anxious over the pending release from prison of
the man found guilty of manslaughter but mentally ill in the
killing.

Teresa Cheeks says she hopes someone "keeps a close watch" on 46-year-old Peter Bard once he's released from custody by Jan. 12.
Bard went to prison for the Oct. 27, 1993 shooting death of
37-year-old Floyd Cheeks.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Bard's sentence will be complete as of Jan. 12 and he is eligible for administrative release on Friday, provided he can find a place to live.

In October, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Bard should be
given credit for time served prior to the jury's verdict, bumping
up his release date.


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