The criminal case against Fleming Furniture owner Danny Kelley is going before a grand jury. Kelley is charged with 10 felony counts after customers say he never ordered the furniture they paid for.
This case will be assigned to a prosecutor with the commonwealth attorney's office. The prosecutor will make the case against Kelley, and the grand jury will decide whether to formally charge him.
After court on Thursday, Kelley's attorney, Mark Bryant, told us they are still paying back customers who have come forward.
Even so, Assistant McCracken County Attorney Todd Jones tells us he does not think that will influence the jury, saying it doesn't change the fact Kelley committed a crime. Bryant says it's Kelley's company that should be charged, not Kelley.
"The head of General Motor never gets charged with something people down below did, and so I don't know in this instance why it would be anything other than a corporate charge, especially since this man has lived a whole life in Paducah. He's employed lots of people. He's spent millions of dollars in advertising that helped a lot of people get jobs and keep jobs," Bryant said.
The grand jury will hear the case sometime in April. It will reach a decision by April 28, when Kelley is set to appear again.
If you feel you are owed money, you can go to the county attorney's office if you think it's a criminal case. You can also call Bryant's office if you're just looking to get your money back.
We wish to be transparent in our reporting. Kelley's company, Kelley-Wiggins Furniture, owes a significant amount of money to our parent company, Paxton Media Group. We have turned these unpaid advertising bills over to a collector.