Government
2:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Newberry and Harnice Deny Deal and Go to Trial in McCracken Zoning Case

Van Newberry (left) and Doug Harnice sitting in McCracken County Circuit Court
Credit Stephen Lance Denee

McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge Doug Harnice will head to trial after rejecting a plea deal over allegations the two illegally changed zoning maps.

Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey is prosecuting Newberry and Harnice on felony charges affecting at least 500 pieces of property. 

Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice has told WKMS the map changes, which occurred sometime between 2007 and 2008, are the result of minor computer errors. 

Paducah attorney Burton Washburn first brought the allegations. He conducted private research and claims some of his property was zoned differently that adversely affected its value. 

Defense Attorney Dave Bundrick says his clients maintain they have done no wrong from the zoning changes.

“Well, Mr. Ovey made the most favorable offer that he felt he could make and out clients are not willing to except it,”  Brundrick said. “They are maintaining their innocence. And we are preparing out defense.”

Bundrick says additional subpoenas will be made for additional document concerning the Geographic Information System (or GIS). 

Marshall County Chief Circuit Judge Dennis Foust  is hearing the case and set the trial  for January 6th.