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November 5, 2012

Conference continued for state representative candidate

Former city councilman accused of selling cocaine

LOGANSPORT — Today’s pre-trial conference has been delayed for the Logansport state representative candidate accused of selling drugs.

Kerry “Worly” Worthington, owner of Worly’s Inn at 26 S. Third St, was arrested Sept. 13 on a warrant charging that he sold cocaine in March to a confidential informant. Though he announced the suspension of his campaign, Worthington’s name remains on the ballot for the District 23 Indiana House seat Tuesday.

Worthington faces charges of dealing in cocaine, a class B felony; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; possession of cocaine, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Though Worthington was scheduled to appear today in Cass Superior II, his attorney, Jim Brugh, filed for a delay last week. 

Brugh said in an interview that he asked for the delay because he’s working on depositions and examining evidence. 

“The idea is to take the right amount of time to size up the case,” Brugh said. 

After Worthington’s initial hearing Sept. 18, Brugh said he would investigate the timing of the arrest and use that as a defense strategy. In an interview Friday, Brugh said he was holding to that defense.

But he added that he was not yet certain how the case would turn out. 

“It’s not clear to me if it will end up in a trial or be resolved or whether there’s any reason to claim there’s something unusual behind the arrest,” Brugh said.

The final pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 28 and the jury trial is scheduled Feb. 20. 

The charge of dealing in cocaine carries a sentence of six to 20 years, while the felony possession charge carries a sentence of up to two years. The misdemeanors carry a term of up to one year.

Worthington was released from jail in September on a bond of $25,000 surety.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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