The indictments of a Magoffin County woman and her grandson on charges of jury tampering and retaliating against a participant in the legal process were announced last week by Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions.
Gladys Allen, 64, of Royalton, was indicted on one count of retaliating against a participant in the legal process, and Jarred Allen, 18, was indicted on three counts of jury tampering.
The indictments were handed down on August 21 but were under seal until September 2. The charges are Class D felonies and carry a sentence of one to five years on each count. Both defendants entered not guilty pleas at their arraignments in Magoffin Circuit Court.
The charges stem from events surrounding the trial last month in Magoffin Circuit Court of a family member, Chester Allen, on charges of sodomy first degree in Magoffin Circuit Court.
The judge declared a mistrial after calling for an inquiry into claims that jurors were being intimidated by a relative of the defendant and that an individual had threatened retaliation against Graham Martin, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 36th Judicial Circuit representing Knott and Magoffin Counties.
The allegations were investigated by Kentucky State Police with assistance from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions.
A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.