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BREAKING: Redmon attorney, chief deputy argue intent of deputies' letter

       

       

BY SHELLEY BYRNE

sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com

An attorney for the Graves County sheriff has responded to a letter 18 deputies signed, detailing what they say are the facts of the criminal investigation against him. That, in turn, prompted responses from the chief deputy sheriff.

"The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of our nation's legal system," Mayfield attorney Bryan E. Wilson wrote in a statement on behalf of his client, Sheriff Dewayne Redmon. "Whether you are a sheriff, doctor, housewife or homeless person, every American is afforded this right. We have a process designed to ensure that any person accused of a crime is capable of being judged within the confines of our judicial system. The posting of the letter detailing this case by members of the Graves County Sheriff's Department is a blatant attempt to try Sheriff Redmon through the media and to influence the court of public opinion."

Wilson continues, "The fact that Election Day is drawing near should not be lost on anyone. Make no mistake, this letter was posted for political gain without consideration to the ramifications its contents would have on the pending criminal case. This is troubling not only from Sheriff Redmon's perspective but also to the prosecutor who is diligently trying to perform the duties asked of him.

"As previously stated, Sheriff Redmon has been and will continue to be cooperative in this process. We only ask that he be afforded the same protections under the law that any other citizen enjoys. The sheriff and his family sincerely thank the people of Graves County for their continued support."

Redmon is under indictment on charges of drug possession and official misconduct. According to indictments filed as part of the court record, the charges stem from allegations Redmon took hydrocodone, a pain medication, from a drug disposal box at the sheriff's department.

Redmon is the only candidate on the ballot for sheriff for the Nov. 5 election, although four candidates — Davant Ramage, Robin Holmes, Michael Corey Apperson and Bill Howard "Billy" Harris — have all begun write-in campaigns. Ramage is chief deputy of the sheriff's department. The other three men have a variety of business experience but none specifically in law enforcement, which the law doesn't require of sheriff's candidates.

"In no way was this done for political gain," Ramage said upon seeing Redmon's statement.

Ramage called the timing of the letter a result of Redmon's failure to tell people what he says are the facts of the case while at the same time actively continuing his campaign.

"The voters have a right to know what's going on," Ramage said.

He also said that although Wilson entered a not guilty plea on Redmon's behalf during his arraignment Sept. 7 before a special judge in Hopkinsville, he is personally aware of state police recording a statement Ramage interpreted as Redmon's confession.

"You no longer have the presumption of innocence once you have the person admitting to the crime," Ramage said. "State police have a recorded statement of his confession. Dewayne has admitted to us personally that he has done these things."

He noted that nowhere in Wilson's statement does Wilson deny any of the criminal allegations against Redmon.

Ramage also said in his view Wilson had tried to sway the public with his statements, including statements that suggested Redmon was still having regular contact with the sheriff's office. Special Judge John Atkins told Redmon at his arraignment that he was allowed to serve administrative duties and collect property taxes in his position but ruled he is not to have any weapons or serve in any law enforcement capacity until his case has ended.

"I have not found, in my research, a law or statute that removes a sitting sheriff from their position," Atkins said at the time. "You are to hand over any weapons that you own to a trusted deputy to be locked up and you will only perform administrative duties until a decision is made in your case."

Ramage said Redmon has had very little involvement with the sheriff's office since the investigation began.

"There have been very few conversations that have taken place with anyone in this office and Sheriff Redmon about business since this happened," he said, later clarifying, "He's trying to portray himself as being actively involved in the daily operations of this department, and that has not happened at all."