- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A special judge will be appointed to preside over a criminal case involving the Benton County sheriff after six local circuit judges recused from hearing the matter.

Sheriff Kelley Cradduck is charged with felony tampering with a public record and misdemeanor tampering. Cradduck has pleaded not guilty.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (bit.ly/1QUwH9Z) that the Arkansas Supreme Court will appoint a special judge.

Cradduck is accused of falsifying an employee payroll request form by back-dating it and instructing his assistant to lie to investigators and say the sheriff never asked her to back-date the document.

Cradduck ran for re-election, but was defeated in this month’s Republican primary.

He’s due back in court March 31.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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