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Thu, Jul 27, 2017 03:41 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue

No-show judge cancels court
Final sentencing for kidnappers is postponed
by Leigh Ann Ward

SALYERSVILLE — Two men set to be sentenced Thursday for the unlawful imprisonment of five Magoffin County juveniles last summer will have to wait because of the absence of the sitting judge.

Also on hold is the trial of Bobby Wireman Jr., the man accused of the March 21, 2001 murder of Henry L. Altaffer.

According to the the Magoffin County Court Clerk’s Office, Judge John Morgan did not appear for court Thursday due to flooding in Knott County that had reportedly cut power off to various parts of the county.

Despite flooding and reported outages, Knott County district and circuit courts carried on this week as scheduled, with the exception of the district judge becoming sick Thursday morning and ending court early, according to officials at the Knott County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Judge Morgan also called court off Monday in Magoffin County, June 9, the day Wireman’s trial was supposed to begin.

Wireman’s trial was scheduled to be reset Thursday but will now have to wait until he is placed back on the docket.

Officials at the Magoffin County Circuit Clerk’s Office said Thursday that the items on Thursday’s circuit court docket had not been rescheduled yet.


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