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Brown’s new attorney wants to change trial venue

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By Becky Barnes

 

A new attorney for Kay Brown told Judge Jay Delaney that he would be filing a motion for a change of venue.

Defense attorney Michael Curtis was in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday with Brown for a pretrial conference to set a trial date for Brown who has been charged with financial exploitation of an adult (more than $300), first degree perjury and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Brown was indicted in Harrison County in November. Those charges were followed by criminal charges in Johnson and Lawrence counties.

Curtis told Judge Delaney that there could be a settlement reached before the case went to trial.

However, assistant commonwealth attorney Michael Laws suggested that to avoid a delay in a trial should a plea bargain not be reached that a final pretrial date should be set.

Delaney ordered that Curtis file his motion for change of venue within seven days. The Commonwealth has until May 24 to respond to the motion.

Judge Delaney will rule on the motion on June 4. A final pretrial was set for June 16.

Curtis told the court that this case as well as those in the other counties, the civil and bankruptcy cases were going to cost Brown a lot of money.

 The cases are those between Brown and her estranged husband, Jim Brown, former Cynthiana mayor and local businessman. There are three outstanding civil cases, a divorce and a federal court bankruptcy case.