- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A special judge has been appointed to preside over the criminal case of a Benton County sheriff who faces two tampering charges.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1SSAv0d ) reports that the Arkansas Supreme Court appointed Judge Randy Wright on Tuesday. Sheriff Kelley Cradduck’s criminal case needed a special judge after Benton County’s six circuit judges recused themselves.

Cradduck is accused of falsifying an employee payroll request form for Gabriel Cox to reflect a start date of more than a week earlier and of instructing his assistant to lie about it to Arkansas State Police investigators.

The sheriff said was trying to help Cox, who was homeless at the time, by hiring him to work in the jail.

Cradduck has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His next court date is scheduled for March 31.



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

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