Bourbon County

Bourbon County jailer's trial begins

PARIS — The trial of a Central Kentucky jailer charged with two counts of official misconduct and two counts of tampering with physical evidence began Monday in Bourbon Circuit Court.

Tony Horn has been absent from his position as Bourbon County jailer since he was indicted in September 2008. Horn, a Republican, is running for judge-executive this fall.

The charges stem from allegations that Horn ordered the destruction of e-mails related to a death investigation in the jail, fabricated a document because he thought an investigation was pending, failed to report the disappearance of 30 methadone pills and allowed an inmate charged with first-degree robbery to have work release without a court order.

On Monday, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw read the indictment to jurors and outlined his witnesses. Defense attorneys did not deliver an opening statement.

Chief Deputy Jailer Sandy Dotson, who entered an Alford plea last year for charges of tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct, testified Monday that Horn allowed an inmate who was not authorized for work release to join a work group outside the jail. She also said Horn asked her to delete e-mails regarding an inmate death.

The trial resumes Tuesday morning.