Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

April 16, 2014

Special judge hears high profile cases

April 16, 2014 — Cases against former county and court employees were on the docket in Carter Circuit Court for arraignment proceedings before a special judge last Thursday.

Floyd County Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris presided in place of Carter Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips, who recused herself because of prior working relationships with the defendants.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Derrick Willis indicated that a special prosecutor would eventually be assigned to these cases as well.

Former court bailiff Earl Buckler, 63, of Grayson pleaded innocent to two felony counts of third-degree sodomy. He will next appear in court on June 18 for a pre-trail conference.

Former deputy Matt Morrison, 38, of Grayson, pleaded innocent to one felony count of first-degree sodomy, one felony count of second degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of first degree official misconduct.

Morrison will also be back in court on June 18 for a pre-trial conference.

Jennifer R. Duncan, 41, and her husband, Claude A. Duncan, 45, of Grayson pleaded innocent to one felony count of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one felony count of first degree assault.

The Duncans were seeking reduction to a $25,000 property bond but Harris denied the motion.

He instead opted to reduce the bond for each to $50,000 cash with home confinement. A formal bond review hearing will be scheduled to determine if a lower bond is warranted.

The Duncans also will appear in court on June 18 for a status hearing.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

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