April 1 hearing set in sheriff's court case
By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 3/6/2013
Sporting a gray suit and stoic demeanor, embattled Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry made his first court appearance Wednesday morning, following a Feb. 27 arrest on felony charges. The appearance elicited few developments aside from setting a date for a preliminary hearing in the case.
Curry, who now is being represented by Olathe-based attorney Trey Pettlon, is set for a 1:30 p.m. April 1 preliminary hearing in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Curry apparently changed his legal counsel not long before the hearing, as indicated by Pettlon’s stated unfamiliarity with the case’s details. As such, Pettlon asked Senior Judge John E. Sanders, who is presiding over the case, for more time to learn details of his client’s case, as well as to hold a discovery meeting with the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.
Sanders, El Dorado, is presiding over the case in which Curry faces a felony charge of interference with law enforcement and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.
The judge also is expected to oversee the civil ouster proceedings that could remove Curry from office. Judge Sanders tentatively set the first ouster hearing for March 14. During the counselors’ discovery meeting early next week, however, both parties could agree to delay the civil ouster proceedings until after the preliminary hearing.
Along with Curry, Jerrod Fredricks, master deputy and public information officer with the sheriff’s office, faces a felony charge of interference with law enforcement. Fredricks did not make a first appearance Wednesday, but is scheduled to appear with Curry during the April 1 preliminary hearing.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested Curry and Fredricks Feb. 27 at the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. The two bonded out of jail shortly after their arrests, and the terms of both men’s bonds stipulate that they cannot possess a firearm or discuss the case with any of the endorsed witnesses.
For more details on this developing story, See Thursday’s Herald and check www.ottawaherald.com