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Courts

  • Lawsuit shows crime may have occurred in deadly May parkway crash

    A truck driver being sued in the deaths of a Harrodsburg couple and their 3-year-old granddaughter has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination following prodding from legal counsel about his medical state during a fatal May collision.

  • Deadly 2016 crash led to charges against juvenile

    Clarification/Correction: An article on page A9 of the Nov. 5, 2017, edition of The Kentucky Standard reported pretrial diversion was recommended for Vincent Marrinan in a plea agreement involving a deadly 2016 crash. In exchange for the pretrial diversion, which would dismiss charges against Marrinan after a five year term, Marrinan agreed to a 12-month jail sentence at the Nelson County Detention Center. The article and a caption also incorrectly listed James B. Cambron’s age. He was 56.

  • Drugs blamed for jail overcrowding

    The Nelson County Jail is intended for 102 inmates, and for years, that’s about how many it held. But last year the number suddenly spiked and has remained high ever since. Now it is not uncommon for there to be 150 or more. Other Kentucky jails are seeing the same trend.

    Many in the criminal justice system say the opioid drug epidemic is mostly to blame.

  • Royalty pleads not guilty to charges

    Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him Thursday in a case involving official misconduct, false swearing and perjury.

    Nelson Circuit Judge Charles Simms scheduled his trial for April 23. A pretrial conference was set for April 13 at 9 a.m. — exactly a year from the date he was removed from office.

    After his arraignment, Royalty told reporters he did not commit any of the crimes he is accused of and that would come out in his trial.

  • Watts wants to join lawsuit against drug companies

    At least 36 Kentucky counties have joined a lawsuit against drug companies for wrongful distribution of prescription opioids, and Judge-Executive Dean Watts says he will ask Nelson County Fiscal Court to join them.

    The civil suit seeks a legal settlement to recover financial losses Kentucky counties have incurred because of prescription opioid abuse.

    Watts said Nelson County has incurred the most cost through operation of its jail, but it also has cost the Sheriff’s Office, Nelson County EMS and the courts money.

  • Judge denies bond reduction in Gribbins murder case

    A suspect facing a possible death sentence was denied a reduction in her $1 million bond Monday.

    Alexis Gribbins, 19, asked Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms to reduce her bond in a hearing Oct. 19. Simms ruled Monday that the $1 million was reasonable to assure her appearance in court, given the severity of the charges against her.

  • Poynter convicted of drug trafficking

    A jury on Wednesday convicted Charles Poynter, 34, of two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and recommended 15 years in prison.

    Poynter was on trial for selling about a quarter-gram of cocaine for $40 on two different occasions in July 2016 to a confidential informant working with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force.

    One focus during the three-day trial was on the confidential informant who made the purchases, an admitted drug user.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings from Oct. 5

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments from Oct. 4

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury and had arraignments set for Oct. 19.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments from Sept. 20

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury and had arraignments set for Oct. 5.