Jefferson to make initial court appearance next week
A local orthopedic surgeon is set to appear in court for the first time next week.
Dr. Ted Jefferson will be in McCracken County District Court on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The doctor is accused of making threatening, gun-related remarks during surgery at Baptist Health Paducah on Jan. 26.
He’s charged with second degree disorderly conduct and third degree terroristic threatening.
The Paducah Police Department recorded his arrest on officers’ body cameras. During that time, Jefferson told police he found bone and bone cement in his surgical tray at Baptist Health, and it’s the reason he says he lost his temper.
The claim about unsanitary medical supplies has caught the attention of the WPSD newsroom.
Last week, WPSD put in an open records request with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services asking for current inspection information on the hospital. We are still waiting to get those documents.
WPSD reached out to Baptist Health Paducah again Tuesday about the allegations. A spokesperson for the hospital provided this statement: "We have checks and balances to keep anything harmful from reaching our patients."
Jefferson’s previous lawyer, Rick Straub, told WPSD he has advised his client to have a criminal defense lawyer represent him in court.
His new lawyer is Gary Haverstock out of Mayfield.