Judge dismisses some felony charges against Bell County Clerk

bestep@herald-leader.comDecember 2, 2013 

Charges were dismissed against Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins on Thursday. She had been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property valued over $500 and less than $10,000, a Class D felony; criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony; and official misconduct in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

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A judge dismissed some of the charges against Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins on Monday but allowed one charge to stand, according to Circuit Clerk Colby Slusher's office.

The judge dismissed charges of theft and official misconduct but ruled that a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument should go to a grand jury for consideration of whether to indict Blevins, according to Slusher's office.

Conspiracy charges were dismissed against Kayla Carnes and Connie Watkins, who are deputies in Blevins' office, and against former deputy Flora Ferrell, although charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument stand against Carnes and Watkins, according to the circuit clerk's office.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be reinstated.

Attorney General Jack Conway's office investigated Blevins after Auditor Adam Edelen's office identified financial irregularities in her office. Blevins disputed any impropriety.

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