Two Kentucky high school sports officials being held here on felony drug charges waived their right to a preliminary hearing here last week — a decision which sends their cases to the Letcher County Grand Jury for further action.
Baseball and softball umpires Joseph Jay “J.J.” Wright, 39, of McRoberts, and Tommy Hutton, 60, of Fleming, were still being held in the Letcher County Jail on late Tuesday, 11 days after they were arrested at their homes and charged with traffi cking in the painkiller oxycodone.
Wright, former head football coach at Fleming- Neon High School, and Hutton, who has officiated seven state championship basketball games, were arrested April 29. Hutton was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Wright was charged with three counts of firstdegree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
Bond for each defendant is set at $50,000 cash.