2011-08-03 / News

Jury says two intimidated drug witness

Two men charged with intimidating a witness in a drug investigation are among seven people named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury.

Bruce C. LeBrun, 58, 1306 KY 317, Neon, is accused of using hand gestures of pointing and firing a handgun at the witness on May 14. In a separate indictment, the grand jury says Joe Phillips, KY 317, McRoberts, told the witness several times on May 14 that he had better watch himself.

The witness who was allegedly intimidated cooperated with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department in an investigation that resulted in the arrests of J.J. Wright of McRoberts and Thomas Hutton of Fleming, two former Kentucky High School Athletics Association game officials who were charged in May with selling the painkiller oxycodone.

Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testifi ed in the cases against LeBrun and Phillips.

Others indicted are:

• Joseph Richard Brock — assault (first degree), assault (fourth degree), unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, violation of a protective order, and being a persistent felony offender.

Brock, 21, 39 Mallard Dr., Millstone, is charged with stopping the automobile driven by Amanda Sexton on June 4, and forcibly removing her from the vehicle after attacking Glenn A. Ross, a passenger in the back seat, with a knife. The grand jury says Brock then dragged Sexton by her hair and forced her to walk to his house despite pleas by Sexton and his brother and mother to release her. He is also accused of damaging an automobile and cell phone belonging to Sexton.

Kentucky State Trooper Donald White testified in the case.

• Bessie Juanita Smith — complicity to assault and complicity to theft.

Smith, 33, 1672 Hwy. 160, Premium, is charged with acting with Charles Fields to cause serious injury to Tim Absher by stabbing him with a knife in his arm on December 31, 2010, after Fields had repeatedly struck him with a baseball bat, breaking a number of bones. Smith and Fields are also accused of taking $200 belonging to Absher.

Tim Absher testified in the case.

• Charles Fields — complicity to assault and complicity to theft.

Fields, 1672 Hwy. 160, Premium, is charged with acting with Bessie Juanita Smith to seriously injure Tim Absher by repeatedly striking him with a baseball bat, breaking a number of bones, as Smith stabbed him with a butcher knife December 31, 2010. Fields and Smith are also accused of taking $200 belonging to Absher.

Tim Absher testified in the case.

• Reginald Carter — complicity to burglary, complicity to theft, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Carter, 38, 1093 Hwy. 343 Neon, or Henry Hutton Road, Neon, and Rakim Mitchell took a toolbox from a pickup belonging to Johnny Fitzpatrick, which was parked at Fitzpatrick’s home at 501 Henry Hutton Dr. on July 21. Carter and Mitchell are also charged with taking other items including a garden hose, a ¾-inch Craftsman driver set, a ½-inch Craftsman driver set, a Weed Eater, and 50 or more CD’s.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Rakim S. Mitchell — complicity to burglary and complicity to theft.

Th e grand jury says Mitchell, 19, 70 Mayking Loop, Mayking, and Reginald Carter took a toolbox from a pickup belonging to Johnny Fitzpatrick, which was parked at Fitzpatrick’s home at 501 Henry Hutton Dr. on July 21. Mitchell and Carter are also charged with taking other items including a garden hose, a ¾-inch Craftsman driver set, a ½-inch Craftsman driver set, a Weed Eater, and 50 or more CD’s.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case. • Stevie Allen Taylor — public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance (second degree).

Taylor, 38, 34 Turner Dr., Whitesburg, is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance on February 3. He is also charged with possession of hydrocodone.

The case is remanded to district court.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

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