Blevins allowed back to work
Carnes, Watkins, Ferrell remain banned from courthouse
Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
Bell County Clerk Becky Blevins and deputy clerks Kayla Carnes, Connie Watkins and Flora Ferrell appeared in Bell District Court before special judge Skip Hammons, from Knox County. Each individual pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
After Blevins’ attorney Gary Crabtree, from London, argued some of the conditions for his client, it was decided that Blevins will be allowed to go back to work as Bell County Clerk.
“We think those conditions are excessive for the charges,” said Crabtree. “Ms. Blevins is a lifetime resident of Bell County. To deny her of her right to make a living and to deny her right to hold her constitutional office that she’s been elected to seems improper.”
Crabtree said Blevins posted the $25,000 bond, which he claimed is high for the charges against her. He said Blevins is presumed innocent of all charges and should be allowed to go back to her place of employment.
County Attorney Neil Ward said the commonwealth and the Office of the Attorney General approve of Blevins returning back to work because there are essential duties Blevins has to do.
“We would like her back to get the clerk’s office open,” said Ward. “The people of Bell County need the clerk back and need the office open.”
Crabtree also argued that Blevins home incarceration was preventing her from meeting with her council. Hammons ruled the incarceration device would stay in place.
The conditions for Ferrell, Carnes and Watkins will remain in place, which prevent them from working in the clerk’s office.
There will be a special prosecutor assigned to the case. The next hearing for the defendants will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.
Blevins, Carnes, Ferrell and Watkins were arrested last week on various charges. Blevins was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued over $500 and less than $10,000, a Class D felony; criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony; and first-degree official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor.
Ferrell was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued over $500 and less than $10,000, a Class D felony, and criminal conspiracy, a Class A misdemeanor.
Carnes was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued over $500 and less than $10,000, a Class D felony, and criminal conspiracy, a Class A misdemeanor.
Watkins was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, email@example.com
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