A Barren County deputy charged in the beating of a suspect has violated the conditions of his pretrial release, federal prosecutors argue.
Prosecutors filed a motion asking that Aaron Adam Bennett be required to show why his release conditions should not be modified or revoked.
If a judge agrees Bennett violated his release terms, he could be jailed until the trial.
Bennett, Barren County Sheriff Christopher Brian Eaton and Eric Duane Guffey, a drug task-force officer, are charged in the February 2010 beating of a handcuffed man during an arrest.
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Officers are accused of lying to try to cover up the crime. Eaton, for instance, allegedly ordered one deputy to report that he saw a knife on the ground near the victim, when that wasn't true, according to the indictment.
After a court appearance in March, the three were released. One condition was that Bennett avoid contact with anyone who might be a witness in the case.
However, Bennett quickly went to see a nurse at the Glasgow hospital who is a potential witness, prosecutors said in a motion filed Monday.
Bennett asked the nurse about the case and challenged information she had put in medical records about how Bennett broke his hand during the arrest of the victim, according to the motion.
Bennett also went to a spot on Ky. 90 where another deputy, Steve Runyon, had called for a wrecker to tow a disabled truck. Runyon had not asked for another officer to help him, the government motion said.
Bennett allegedly stared at Runyon while directing traffic and seemed angry. Prosecutors think Bennett was trying to intimidate Runyon, a potential government witness, the motion said.
No response from Bennett has been filed, and a hearing on the motion has not been set.
There initially were five officers charged in the case.
Joseph Adam Gene Minor pleaded guilty to making a false statement and prosecutors dropped charges against Danny Robert McCown.