Hays charged with concealing Marshall's death, growing marijuana

September 10, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

LEXINGTON - Three members of a Forkland family allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar marijuana farm are also facing federal charges that they secretly took the body of a Boyle County man to Indiana and buried it.

Michael Hays, his wife, Trena Hays, and his stepson, Derek Keith Brummett, stand accused of concealing the death of Rusty Marshall by burying him in late April on Michael Hays' farm in Odon, Ind.

No one has yet been charged with Marshall's murder.

Michael Hays is also accused by the U.S. District Attorney's office in Lexington of being the manager of a marijuana growing operation in Gravel Switch for more than 10 years.

A man who said he shot Michael Hays in April at a Shell Mart in Odon was indicted on charges that he helped Hays grow marijuana.


William David Miller told Indiana police at the time that he feared for his life because Marshall had been missing, according court records. He faces attempted murder charges there.

The Hayses and six others were indicted by a grand jury here on Sept. 4 on multiple federal felony charges.

Among the eight named in the indictment are Miller and at least three members of Miller's family, all of Lancaster.

Alan Grass, Frank D. Hall, Beverly Hall and David Scott Miller were all indicted on charges that they grew, possessed and distributed more than 1,000 marijuana plants.

Beverly Hall is William Miller's daughter, Frank Hall his son-in-law. David Scott Miller is believed to be related to William Miller as well, but that could not be confirmed.

Police seized about $4 million in cash, vehicles and property in Boyle, Mercer and Marion counties because it is believed to be profit from the marijuana business.

All of the defendants, except Brummett, will be arraigned in U.S. District Court at 2 p.m. today. Brummett will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Brummett appeared in court Tuesday to ask for a delay in his arraignment because he had just hired an attorney. Before the postponement was granted he attempted to enter a not guilty plea.

Brummett's father, Mike Brummett, was there with other members of his family.

"He's innocent," he said.

Here are the charges:

* Michael Hays, continuing a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, money laundering interstate commerce, tampering with a witness, victim or informant, marijuana distribution, aiding and abetting the tampering of a witness, victim or informant and racketeering.

* Trena Hays and Derek Keith Brummett, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, money laundering, conspiracy to alter, mutilate or conceal a record, marijuana distribution, aiding and abetting the tampering with a witness, victim or informant and racketeering.

* Grass, Beverly Hall, Frank D. Hall, David Scott Miller and William David Miller, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and money laundering as it relates to interstate commerce.

William David Miller's attempted murder trial in Odon, Ind. scheduled for Sept. 17 has been postponed, but a new trial date has not been set.

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