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May 22, 2013

Status conference set for former state rep candidate

Prosecution says no agreements with Drug Task Force.

LOGANSPORT — A June 11 status conference was set Tuesday for the former Democratic state representative candidate accused of selling cocaine.

Kerry “Worly” Worthington, 52, Logansport, was arrested in September 2012 after he had reportedly sold cocaine to a undercover agent from his business, Worly’s Tavern. At Tuesday’s hearing in Cass Superior Court II, Worthington’s attorney, Matthew Barrett, asked for the prosecution to reveal possible agreements they had with the Cass County Drug Task Force.

The undercover buy was conducted in March 2012 by the Cass County Drug Task Force and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

At the hearing, Prosecutor Ian O’Keefe said the prosecution did not have an agreement with them.

“The prosecutor’s office has made no agreements,” O’Keefe said.

However, he said he would be sending a letter to Barrett with information he had found while doing research on the matter.

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

Barrett also told Judge Rick Maughmer that he may be including a character evidence for Worthington in the trial. Barrett said if the character evidence was included, he believed Worthington would have to testify during the trial.

Barrett said they still had about eight depositions to conduct.

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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