Slaying suspect charged with assaulting Fayette jail employee

shopkins@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2010 

A Central Kentucky man facing murder and attempted murder charges, as well as a contempt charge for spitting in a judge's face, has been charged with third-degree assault stemming from an incident last week with a Fayette County jail employee.

Bass Webb, 30, who has confessed to killing his girlfriend after allegedly trying to run over two Bourbon County jail employees in July, is accused of throwing a food tray at a jail employee while placing it through an opening, according to court records. The tray struck the jail employee in the chest. The incident occurred last Wednesday.

Webb pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday afternoon on the third-degree assault charge.

Webb has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Bryia Runiewicz, 32, who was found dead July 31 in her Harrison County home. He has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder in Bourbon County. Webb is facing a contempt charge in Bourbon County for spitting on District Judge Vanessa Dickson during an arraignment on the attempted murder charges.

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