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Brothers out on bond

Two Haymond brothers charged with conspiring to traffic in the painkiller OxyContin were released on bond Sept. 11 by order of a U.S. magistrate judge.

Former District Three Magistrate Homer Rose Jr. and his brother, Wayne Rose, were freed from a federal detention center in Pikeville after U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins ruled there was no reason to believe they would attempt to skip court appearances. Three other suspects charged in connection with the case were released earlier last week.

Atkins cited testimony offered by friends and family, Wayne Rose’s medical condition, and the brothers’ roles in caring for their ill mother as reasons to grant their release on bond.

Atkins noted the brothers are lifelong residents of Letcher County with strong family ties here. Atkins also said that Homer Rose has no history of illegal drug use, and that he hasn’t ingested alcohol in more than 20 years.

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