Scott County Coroner John Goble’s trial on charges of receiving stolen property has now been pushed to October.
Goble’s trial was supposed to start July 29, but during a status hearing Monday where attorneys argued over discovery documents, Judge Jeremy Mattox rescheduled the trial to start Oct. 14 and last for three days.
Goble is facing charges of receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more, receiving stolen property (firearms), abuse of public trust, trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of official misconduct in the first degree.
His attorney argued the defense had just received new discovery documents and are still seeking other items in discovery, such as the original charging document and grand jury testimony, and there was no way they could investigate the new documents and try the case later this month.
Prosecutors say they don’t have any more documents that the defense has requested and didn’t see a reason for a continuance, but the defense said the prosecution has had the items for months and just turned them over.
Mattox told the prosecution to provide answers for the items requested, and wanted to move Goble’s trial to Sept. 16-18 along with his co-defendants Mike Crawford and Robert M. Harris. But his attorney said he had another trial scheduled and they agreed to set the date on Oct. 14.
Goble’s charges resulted from 2018 indictments after a Kentucky State Police investigation into ammunition and guns found missing from the KSP Supply Branch, along with charges Goble used a county vehicle to transport donor eyes from the Kentucky Eye Bank to West Virginia for personal profit. He was indicted on six counts.
Crawford is a former KSP captain and colonel and has been charged with receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more and receiving a stolen firearm. Harris, a master KSP trooper, was charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of theft.
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