Bell clerk, deputy clerks plead not guilty

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Bell County clerk and two deputy clerks have entered not guilty pleas in a case involving vehicle registrations.

WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/1a3Tf2X) reports Rebecca Blevins, Kayla Carnes, and Connie Watkins entered the pleas Monday in Bell Circuit Court.

Blevins is charged with abuse of public trust and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Watkins and Carnes are charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The judge also lifted bond restrictions that required the women not to have contact with each other, meaning the deputy clerks could return to work for Blevins.

The attorney general's office originally brought the charges against the women last year, and a grand jury indicted them last month.

"I really don't see anything coming out that would affect her innocence. I think she has a strong case and that's something she's very eager to prove since the beginning," said defense attorney Michael Ingram, who represents Carnes.

He said his client is looking forward to vindicating herself.

"The quicker it goes to trial, the quicker a trial date is set, the quicker it is over for everyone and that's something we're actually pleased about," said Ingram.

Ronald Bowling, who is defending Watkins, said he was pleased that the judge lifted the bond restrictions on the women.

Blevins' attorney did not comment after the hearing.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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