Three people have been indicted in federal court on charges of buying votes in Magoffin County during the November election.
Randall E. Salyer, 54, is charged with four counts of offering to pay four people to vote in the election. Patricia L. Trusty, 43, faces one charge, and Donald Trusty, 43, is charged with two counts, which involve buying votes from two people. The voters were identified only by their initials in the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.
Last month, a special judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the losing candidates in the judge-executive's and sheriff's races. Republican challenger John P. Montgomery lost to sitting Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin. Incumbent Sheriff Randall Bob Jordan, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger Carson Montgomery.
Several witnesses testified that Randy Salyer, a Democrat on the county election board, or the Trustys, relatives of Carson Montgomery's wife, paid the witnesses $50 to $100 for their signed absentee ballots, Perry Circuit Judge William Engle said in his decision.
Engle said that even though there was evidence of vote-buying, the evidence wasn't strong enough that the vote-buying affected the outcome of the election.
Hardin did not testify during the lawsuit but told the Herald-Leader earlier that he was not involved in buying votes and had no personal knowledge of it.
Carson Montgomery did testify, saying that he hadn't talked to Salyer for months before the November election and that he had no knowledge of the actions of vote-buyers, according to the decision.
Salyer, whose wife works for Hardin, also testified, but declined to answer many questions to avoid incriminating himself, according to the decision.
Ned Pillersdorf, attorney for Jordan and John Montgomery, filed a notice of appeal in the lawsuit on Wednesday.
Salyer, Donald Trusty and Patricia Trusty were ordered to appear in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on Feb. 28.