Attorneys For Sexual Assault
Suspects Present Several Motions
Lawyers for the four young men accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year old Hopkinsville boy argued several motions in Christian Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Colton Cavanaugh's attorney Ben Fletcher asked for a review of his conditions of release.
Judge John Atkins only allowed the second of the changes that would allow Cavanaugh to do some manual labor under the supervision of his grandfather. After hearing other requests for changes in release conditions, Judge Atkins put his foot down.
Tyler Perry's attorney Brandi Jones asked the judge to reconsider his bond, as he is the only defendant still in jail. Judge Atkins ruled that he would not change the bond at this point.
Attorneys had also submitted motions asking for copies of the video evidence of the incident to be turned over to the defense attorneys. Judge Atkins asked the lawyers on what grounds they expect the video, which is considered child pornography, to be copied and given to each attorney.
Dayton Jones' attorney Bill Deatherage explained that they need to be given the video so that they can be on an even playing field with the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Attorney Lynn Pryor told the judge that she could be held criminally liable for distributing child pornography.
Samual Miller's attorney Ted Shouse pointed out some recent case law that shows that it is legal to turn over a video of this nature if it is being used for professional purposes.
Judge Atkins asked the attorneys to submit final briefs next week for review. Another pretrial hearing was set for February 24th.