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Sheriff Redmon under investigation

Sheriff Dewayne Redmon


BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com

State police are investigating Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon.

Kentucky Drug Enforcement and Special Investigation unit Sgt. Dean Patterson confirmed the investigation to multiple media outlets, saying that it was drug-related and that no charges had been filed. He said the case would go before a Graves County grand jury later this month.

Later Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Post 1 spokesman Jay Thomas sent out a news release saying Redmon was under investigation, but he did not say whether the case was drug-related.

"Investigators received a tip in early July regarding Sheriff Dewayne Redmon," Thomas said in the release. "The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the next Graves County Grand Jury. At this time, no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made."

Thomas added that state police would not release any other information until after the case is presented to a grand jury around the middle of August.

Redmon did not respond to requests for comment but his attorney, Bryan E. Wilson, provided a written statement to the media.

"Over the past several months Sheriff Dewayne Redmon has battled a variety of health issues for which he has sought treatment," Wilson said. "Recently Sheriff Redmon was made aware of an ongoing investigation into his alleged conduct. Due to these factors he has taken time out of the office to concentrate on his health. He remains in close contact with his staff, and he will continue to perform his duties as sheriff of Graves County. Sheriff Redmon and his family would very much appreciate your thoughts, prayers and understanding during this time."

When contacted, Graves County Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove said, "I am aware of the investigation," but declined further comment.

Crittenden County Commonwealth Attorney Zachary Greenwell has been appointed as the special prosecutor in the case.

"I have been appointed to assist in a special investigation and possible prosecution," Greenwell said.

He said he could not confirm details, including the exact person under investigation, "but I can say that I have been appointed to assist state police on an investigation that's occurring in Graves County."

In declining to say more, he added, "By our ethics rules, we don't discuss matters that are pending grand jury investigations."

Redmon has been sheriff since 2010 and is seeking re-election to his third term. He is the only candidate on the ballot for the office in the November general election.