Princeton Police officer arraigned on criminal charges
PRINCETON, Ky. — Keeping her head down, Abigail Tucker made her way to the podium of a Caldwell County courtroom late Tuesday morning.
When Judge Woody Woodall asked lawyer Bill Deatherage if he and his client had received a copy of the indictment, Deatherage replied they had.
But he told the judge that was about all he had. Deatherage filed what is called a motion on a bill of particulars. He is requesting the Commonwealth share the evidence that led to the charges against his client.
"We need this specific information to know what we allegedly did, so we can prepare a defense," he told the judge.
On Tuesday, Tucker, a police officer and the woman behind the county animal shelter was arraigned on charges of abuse of a public trust and tampering with public records. She is accused of accepting a check from a shelter supporter and failing to report it and allowing employees to submit fudged time cards.
Tucker supporters like Sherry Fralick, who took vacation time to attend the day's arraignment, said the charges are politically motivated by a magistrate whose son Tucker arrested.
Fralick proudly displayed a neon green shirt with the motto, "This is War."
If what is happening is a war, Deatherage perhaps may best be described as the leading general, still trying to figure out a battle plan.
"The allegations are partly due to monetary funds and documents allegedly being falsified or altered. We just don't know the specifics yet," he later said outside the courtroom.
But supporters do know and say there is a reasonable explanation for what happened at the Caldwell County Animal Shelter 2007 and 2010. That check, allegedly for $150, was from a woman whose dog Tucker had cared for while she was in the hospital.
It was a check supporters said Tucker did not even want to take.
Meanwhile, supporters said those fudged time cards were the result of employees 'giving away' hours to another employee so she could get back on her feet with a bigger paycheck.
But they are explanations those supporters said have so far fallen on deaf ears.
Tucker is due back in court Oct. 2 for a pretrial conference. Her attorney hopes to have the evidence that led to the charges by then. If not, Bill Deatherage told Local 6 he is prepared to ask the judge to order it
Abigail Tucker is a 12-year veteran of the Princeton Police Department. She has been suspended without pay from the department, as well as the animal shelter, pending the outcome of the investigation.