Jury Tampering Suspects Enter Non Guilty Pleas

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Two Magoffin County residents charged with jury related tampering during a family member’s trial entered not guilty pleas Monday in Magoffin District Court.
Both Gladys Allen and Jarred Allen were also denied requested releases and bond reduction by judge Dennis Prater.

The two were arrested last week after threatening incidents were reported to court officials during the trial of Chester Allen.
Gladys Allen, 63, of Royalton, was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police trooper Brian Lee and charged with intimidating a witness in the legal process.
The police report stated that Allen, the mother of Chester Allen, threatened to “cut Graham Martin’s throat”.
Martin is a Commonwealth’s attorney currently prosecuting Charles Allen’s Rape and sodomy case.
Jarred Allen, the 18-year-old son of Chester Allen, was arrested and charged with three counts of jury tampering after it was alleged he threatened three jurors with bodily harm.
During Monday’s court appearance, both defendants requested to be released from jail, but those requests were denied and both Gladys Allen and Jarred Allen were returned to jail where they continue to be lodged under $50,000 cash bonds.
They are scheduled to return to Magoffin District Court Monday for preliminary hearings, according to court records.
The case against Charles Allen is scheduled to continue Thursday when he is slated to appear in Magoffin Circuit Court at 10:00.
A trial last November involving Allen ended in a mis-trial when a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
His most recent trial was also declared a mis-trial due to the alleged jury tampering. No official word has been given, but the thought of moving Allen’s trial outside of Magoffin County is a possibility.