Defense Begins Their Case in Trial

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Day seven of the trial of Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and two other law enforcement officials is now complete after the defense began making their case in the trial.

Tuesday morning, the defense continued their attack on the credibility of the FBI investigation by getting FBI agent Mike Brown to say part of investigation was against policy.

Brown said he had a citizen collect evidence from the scene, which isn't FBI policy and chose which parts of interviews made his reports.

The defense cross-examination once again brought up the fact that the FBI doesn't record or video interviews and that the reports are all based on notes.

The prosecution had Agent Brown testify he didn't think it was problematic to have a citizen collect evidence.

Another FBI Special Agent, Michael Shafer, took the stand. He testified about his two interviews with defendant Eric Guffey.

Shafer said Guffey changed parts of his story. Guffey's attorney pointed out what he thought were differences in FBI's first and post report.

After the break for lunch, the prosecution rested their case.

Before the defense began their case, all three of the defendants asked either for acquittals or the dropping of charges. Judge Joseph McKinley denied their motions, saying it should be up to the jury to decide guilty or not.

After the denied motions, the defense called their first witness, Detective Ron Lafferty of the Barren/Edmonson County drug task force.

He said Tuesday, that throughout this three year investigation, he said at one point in time he felt threatened by them. It was regarding the time line of events, and how long he thought it took for them to arrest Stinnett.

Lafferty said he was advised he wasn't likely there in the amount of time he said he was, and reminded him of the penalties for lying and possible perjury. This is what Lafferty said made him feel threatened.

Lafferty also testified he didn't know who found the knife or where it was found.

The final witness of the day was Dr. George Nichols, retired Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He established the wounds on Stinnett were not conclusive and could have been caused at anytime by multiple different objects.

It's not clear when the trial will end, but should wrap up within the next few days.

The defense will resume their case tomorrow at nine am. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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