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Contempt hearing for Kay Brown scheduled for Aug. 26

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By Becky Barnes

An Aug. 26 hearing date has been set in U.S. District Court in Lexington to determine why Brenda Kay Brown should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with court orders.

Judge Alan C. Stout signed an order on Thursday, July 25, scheduling the evidentiary hearing.

The contempt motion, which was made by James Westenhoefer, trustee, Richard Wehrle, conservator for James A.  Brown, and Paul Brown, guardian for James A. Brown, seeks to have Brenda Kay Brown, who is the estranged wife of James A. Brown, show cause why she shouldn’t be held in contempt.

Allegations are that Mrs. Brown failed to comply with courts orders to return estate property that she had allegedly taken.  The court will also determine sanctions for failing to comply with the court orders.

According to documents filed July 3, Mrs. Brown refused to turn over converted property and missing jewelry to the trustee or to provide the required accounting.

The order also requests that if she is found in contempt that  she be incarcerated until she complies with the turnover order.

The original turnover order was filed Dec. 12, 2012, and included five pages of items that were identified as estate property that had been inventoried but not returned.

 Additional documents signed by the judge last week  order Paul Brown and Wehrle to file an amended order by Aug. 9 approving an amended distribution schedule, which would omit language that allows the trustee to make distributions without first having court approval.