HAZARD-A special prosecutor was appointed last month to the manslaughter case involving two Perry County deputy jailers and the alleged beating death of a Kentucky River Regional Jail inmate.
Damon Hickman and William C. Howell were indicted on one count each first-degree manslaughter in August of last year after allegedly beating inmate Larry Trent to death.
Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen, who was originally set to prosecute the case, said he felt there were some potential problems on appeal after he reviewed the witness list and discovered he had represented one of the witnesses and had given legal advice to said individual while he was in private practice.
“I had to check it out with the ethical hotline with the bar association, as to whether or not these ethical considerations would have caused some problems and I was advised to get out of that case ASAP,” Hansen said.
Assistant Attorney General Barbara Maines-Whaley was appointed as special prosecutor for this case. Trial for Hickman and Howell was continued until April 28.
“This is manslaughter one case, it’s not, it’s not a murder case if the jury would have found either reckless homicide or manslaughter on a lesser offense, I don’t know what if any time they would have spent in the state pen, it would not have served justice,” Hansen said.
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