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Indictments name rest home boss, grandson




The administrator of a Jenkins rest home and his grandson have been indicted by a Letcher County grand jury on charges of complicity to knowing abuse of an adult.

The charges against James F. “Chum” Tackett, administrator of the Golden Years Rest Home, and Jordan H. Tackett were presented to the grand jury by the Office of the Attorney General. The grand jury voted to indict the Tacketts after hearing testimony from Agent Frank Merritt of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation.

The indictment says that on or about February 20, 2007, James Tackett, 65, and Jordan Tackett, 23, “acting alone or in complicity committed the offense of knowing abuse of an adult by knowingly abusing Buster Carl Manning Jr.”

The indictments offer no further details into the allegations against the two men.

The indictment naming Jordan Tackett also charges him with being a persistent felony offender in the second-degree because he was previously convicted of a felony in Rowan County.

James Tackett was released from custody after posting $5,000 property bond. Bond for Jordan Tackett was set at $10,000 cash.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned before Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright on January 9, 2008.

Jordan Tackett is named in a separate indictment returned by the grand jury last week charging him with robbing and burglarizing James F. Tackett. (See related story.)


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