Ray trial set for January, eclipsing two-year mark


MAYFIELD -- After multiple delays, Tonya Ray is set to face trial in January.

The former McCracken County jailer accused of testifying falsely in the case against another jailer was first set for a trial in October 2018.

On Friday, Graves County Circuit Judge Tim Stark set a two-day trial for Jan. 30 and 31, 2020, in the McCracken County courthouse. The new date puts her trial more than two years after her indictment on the single Class D felony in December 2017.

Ray also faces a single misdemeanor charge of reprisal against a whistleblower, but the cases are on separate tracks, and a trial won't be set in that case until her felony trial is completed.

Ray is accused of falsely stating under oath that then-Deputy Jailer Ben Green was not violating jail policy when he reclassified inmates from protective custody into the general population. Ray said at the time the jail was operating under an older policy manual without a policy on reclassification.

Kentucky State Police said its investigation revealed a newer manual with Ray's signature that did have a policy regarding reclassification.

Green eventually entered an Alford plea to multiple charges of official misconduct.

Ray's case was initially postponed late last year when she switched defense attorneys.

In June, Ray appeared in court for the trial date that was set early this year, but just before jury selection was set to begin, Stark announced the trial had been canceled. That cancellation regarded some material regarding Green's case that had not been turned over to defense attorneys.

Defense attorney Thomas Clay and special prosecutor Richard Boling, of the Christian County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, both called the error an oversight because prosecutors hadn't realized that evidence existed.

Green's case had been prosecuted by the Marshall County Attorney's Office.

Clay indicated Friday he believed his office had been provided the information he required.

Stark set a final telephonic pretrial for Jan. 10.

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