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New judge in sheriff's court case

By The Herald Staff | 3/5/2013

Jeff Curry’s first court appearance is expected to proceed as planned Wednesday morning, but with a new judge.

Senior Judge John E. Sanders, El Dorado, now will preside over the case in which Curry, the Franklin County sheriff, faces a felony charge of interference with law enforcement and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. His first court appearance is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Sanders was assigned to Curry’s case after Chief Judge Phillip Fromme asked the Kansas Supreme Court to assign a judge outside the Fourth Judicial District, John Steelman, Franklin County District Court administrator, said late Tuesday. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss designated Sanders.

Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball, with the Fourth Judicial District, previously was assigned to the case. Kimball, who had served as undersheriff for former Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis, swore in Curry in July 2010 after Curry was appointed to the sheriff position. Judge Thomas Sachse, also with the Fourth Judicial District, swore in Curry in January.

Along with Curry, Jerrod Fredricks, master deputy and public information officer with the sheriff’s office, faces charges of interference with law enforcement. Fredricks’ first court appearance also was set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, but his court date since has been continued, Steelman said. A new date for Fredricks’ first court appearance has not yet been set.

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