Judge Beth Maze enters not guilty plea on 3 felony charges in Bath Circuit Court

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OWINGSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Circuit Judge Beth Maze entered a not guilty plea on three felony charges in Bath Circuit Court Thursday morning.

Maze was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of tampering with public records in connection to a drug case involving her ex-husband, former Bath County Attorney Donald Champ Maze.

Beth Maze is accused of trying to find out if informants in a drug investigation were involved in her ex-husband's case. She is already under investigation for ethics charges from the Judicial Conduct Commission.

A special judge was brought in Thursday morning from another district to lead the case.

One of Maze's attorneys, Thomas Clay, says he was unhappy with the grand jury's process of indicting Maze.

"I just wish the grand jury had given us an opportunity to present evidence to them. We made a request that they hear from us, they declined to hear from us, but I believe if they had allowed Judge Maze to testify, we might not be here today," Clay said.

Maze will be back in court Mar. 14 for a pre-trial conference.

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