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New trial date set for Cruse, Hornback

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By Linda Ireland

A new trial date was set Monday for former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback.

Pretrial conference is Oct. 31; the trial will be Nov. 10.

Cruse and Hornback have hired new attorneys to represent them in their criminal cases. F. Todd Lewis, Jon Heck and Ryan Vantrease, all of Louisville, are now listed as counsel on record.

They appeared Monday on behalf of their clients in LaRue Circuit Court. Cruse and Hornback did not appear.

Cruse faces nine counts of abuse of public trust; one count of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expense limits; and two counts of second-degree forgery. He was ousted by a unanimous vote of City Council in May.

Hornback is charged with 54 counts of abuse of public trust; and one count of theft by unlawful taking. She was terminated from her position in May.

The court will consider a change in venue on Aug. 18, as both prosecution and defense have stated it is impossible to obtain a fair trial in LaRue County.

Cruse and Hornback’s attorneys stated they are “in the process of fully investigating the evidence related to what venue will be appropriate in light of pretrial publicity.”