April 23, 2013

New attorney hired in drug case

Kerry Worthington awaits June 3 hearing

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — A new attorney has taken over the case of the 52-year-old former candidate for Indiana’s District 23 House of Representatives seat.

Attorney Matthew Barrett is now representing Kerry Worthington, who is accused of selling cocaine in March 14, 2012 to an undercover informant in his business, Worly’s Tavern. Barrett took over the case from Attorney Jim Brugh and said he still had several depositions to do before putting the case on the trial calendar.

A June 3 status conference was set for Worthington in Cass Superior Court II.

Barrett filed an appearance in the case April 18, and said he still had to take time to get acquainted with the evidence.

“We’re just very early in this case,” Barrett said.

Worthington faces charges of dealing cocaine, a class B felony, possession of cocaine, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, all class A misdemeanors.

The marijuana and paraphernalia charges stem from marijuana and cocaine that were reportedly discovered on Worthington during his Sept. 13, 2012 arrest.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Worthington sold the informant less than three grams of cocaine.

The charges add up to a penalty of at least 20 years.

“This man is facing 20 years plus,” Barrett said.

Worthington was a two-term Logansport city councilman who was running as the democratic candidate in the 2012 election for the District 23 State Representative seat.

Bill Friend, R-Macy, won the state seat in November 2012.

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