Glasgow Mayor, Darrell Pickett, entered his not guilty plea surrounded by a protective entourage. His attorney Bobby Richardson refused to comment on the case. But special prosecutor Clay Hundley, Jr. says it's possible they will ask for a change of venue because Pickett is so closely tied to the city.
Hundley says: "We would consider making a motion for a change of venue. That's a matter you would always consider when you have a public figure."
Hundley is Commonwealth Attorney for Clinton and Monroe counties.
He says: "Not being as familiar with Barren County as we are with our home district it's something we're really going to have to give some study to. And we'll make that motion at a later date if we make it at all."
After the plea was entered, Judge Phil Patton asked both sides if they would be ready for a pre-trial conference and presentation of discovery in three weeks. Hundley asked Patton if the Commonwealth could have more time before the evidentiary hearing saying they had a lot of work ahead of them.
Hundley says: "The judge graciously gave us another week. The discovery will be voluminous because this is what I would call a white collar crime. It's a crime based primarily on paperwork."
Judge Patton then scheduled the pretrial conference for August 21.
Carol Sue Pollock and Lorene Lee Hoffman appeared next. They are both being charged with five counts of theft by deception and Pollock is facing forgery charges as well. Their attorney, Currie Milliken, entered pleas of not guilty for each of them. Their pre-trail conference and discovery hearings will be on the same day as Mayor Pickett's.
Until then, Hundley says they will be working to get through all the paperwork containing ties to the alleged crimes.
He says: "We've been through a lot of them, we just don't know if that's all of them."
Pickett, Pollock, and Hoffman all face a possible one to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. They will be in court again for a discovery hearing on August 14 and again for their pretrial conferences on August 21.
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