Hays trial set for Nov. 17

September 11, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

LEXINGTON - Members of two families accused of being part of a Gravel Switch marijuana farming operation pleaded innocent during their arraignment in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon.

A trial date was set for Nov. 17.

Michael Hays, 43; his wife, Trena Hays, 46, of Stanford; and her son, Derek Keith Brummett, 25, of Junction City; were also charged with concealing the death of Rusty Marshall, a Danville man. The Hayses pleaded innocent to that charge as well. Brummett is scheduled to be arraigned today.

All of those arraigned yesterday, except the alleged head of the operation, Michael Hays, were released from jail.

Trena Hays is separated from Michael Hays and plans to file for divorce, according to Trena Hays' attorney, Kathryn Gregory Wood.

At a detention hear-ing Wednesday morning, Michael Hays asked to be released into the custody of his parents because he needs help eating, bathing and dressing after he was shot April 24 in Odon, Ind., according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. He lives in a mobile home beside his parent's house in Forkland.


Hays still has bullet fragments in his neck from the injury sustained in that shooting. William Miller, a Lancaster man, told Indiana police that he shot Hays. Miller was summoned by District Court, but no arrest warrant has been issued for him.

William Miller's son, David Scott Miller, 28; his daughter, Beverly Hall, 27; and her husband, Frank Hall, 28; all of Lancaster, were also arraigned Wednesday.

Alan Grass, 54, of Blair, Wis., who is also listed in the indictment, was not in custody Wednesday afternoon. His connection to the case is unclear.

All eight defendants are accused of growing and distributing marijuana.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Todd said he would make a decision on Michael Hays' release once he reviewed papers from his Lexington neurologist. Michael Hays' left hand shook when he stood in court on Wednesday.

Todd said during the detention hearing that there were conflicting statements on Hays' condition because his parents said he had attended horse shows in Michigan and at the Kentucky State Fair, and that he drives around Forkland, the Lexington paper reported.

Hays was at a horse pull last week in Odon, Ind., according to sources there.

The four defendants released were instructed not to commit any crimes, avoid drug or excessive alcohol use and notify the court and federal authorities of any change in address or telephone number, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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