Curry’s bond terms changed; new name on witness list
By The Herald Staff | 3/19/2013
A judge in Franklin County District Court has modified Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry’s bond conditions, allowing him to now discuss his criminal case with potential witnesses under certain circumstances.
Senior Judge John Sanders, who was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to preside over the case, signed the new bond conditions March 11, permitting Curry to speak with witnesses as long as his attorney and any attorneys for the witness or witnesses are present. Other terms of the bond — including Curry not being allowed to possess a firearm — remain in “full force and effect,” according to court documents.
The documents also indicate that a process server is set to dole out several subpoenas for the criminal case against Curry, who faces a felony charge of interference with law enforcement and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. Those set to receive an order to appear before the court to produce testimony or evidence include: Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler (an addition to the previously released list of potential witnesses); Ottawa Police Capt. Adam Weingartner; Franklin County Undersheriff Steve Lunger; former Franklin County Attorney Heather Jones; Sheri McCracken, a prosecutor with the Kansas District of the U.S. Attorney’s office; Det. Sgt. Shane Pruitt, acting public information officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s office; and Jeremi Thompson, a member of the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit.
Shortly after Curry’s Feb. 27 arrest, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting filed a petition for ouster that would formally remove the sheriff from office if he doesn’t resign. The first hearing for Curry’s ouster proceedings was set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.