Without explanation, Bourbon Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs recused himself Tuesday from the criminal case against the county jailer and a chief deputy.
Jailer Tony Horn has been charged with two counts of tampering with public records, a class D felony, and two counts of first-degree official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
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Horn allegedly ordered the destruction of e-mails after an inmate's death in February with the "intent to impair the e-mails' availability for use in the official proceeding," according to the indictment.
Chief Deputy Jailer Sandy Dotson has been charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of official misconduct.
Horn and Dotson's next court appearance has been scheduled for Nov. 13.