Judge in Jackson Case Recuses Himself
By WestKyStar Staff
MURRAY, KY - Calloway Circuit Judge Dennis Foust recused himself on Monday from the vehicular assault case of Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson.
Foust appeared in court Monday morning for Jackson's sentencing on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, but instead continued the hearing until Nov. 13 so that a special judge can be appointed to the case.
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship told the Paducah Sun that he and Jackson’s attorney, Gary Haverstock were not aware that Foust planned to recuse himself until they were informed of his decision on Monday morning. Foust said in court that he started to become concerned about presiding over the case after a member of the media asked him about potential bias.
Foust said that he did not want any questions about potential bias to come up during the proceedings.
Blankenship said the case is on hold until a special judge can be appointed.
Jackson remains on suspension from the basketball team.