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Jailer Tonya Ray Served Summons; Court Date Set
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Jailer Tonya Ray, who is currently facing a felony perjury charge, has been indicted on an additional misdemeanor charge in a separate case.  

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas says a McCracken County Grand Jury returned an indictment on Friday on a charge of reprisal against an employee for disclosure of violations of the law, or a "whistleblower law" violation. This is related to the firing of Deputy Jailer David Knight, who has since been reinstated at the jail after an investigation by Judge Executive Bob Leeper.

Thomas said troopers served the indictment on Tuesday for reprisal against a public employee for disclosure of violation of law, a Class “A” Misdemeanor. She is set to appear in court May 1. She was in a pre-trial conference Friday and a trial date should have been set, but it was postponed due to this new charge.

Assistant Marshall County Attorney Jason Darnell told West Kentucky Star that Special Prosecutor Lynn Pryor could file a motion to have Ray's bond revoked on the perjury charge. If that happens, Circuit Judge Tim Stark would have to issue a ruling, and Ray could go back to the jail as an inmate. 

Published 10:46 AM, Tuesday Apr. 17, 2018
Updated 10:01 AM, Thursday Apr. 19, 2018

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