No wrongdoing found in Murray State's employment of state senator

No evidence of illegality was found in Murray State University's employment of a state senator, the Kentucky attorney general's special prosecutions office said Friday. The office looked into the employment records of Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville.

In October 2008, state Republican Party chairman Steve Robertson asked Attorney General Jack Conway to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that Murray paid Pendleton while he was on legislative business in Frankfort.

Pendleton, who has served in the state Senate since 1993, was running for re-election in 2008. He denied any wrongdoing by either him or the university.

Pendleton was the special projects manager for Murray and its agriculture department for about 10 years. He acquired livestock, equipment and money for the university. He also served as a public relations representative for the agriculture department.