Judge Requests Special Grand Jury
To Investigate Christian County Jail
There may be additional fallout in the wake of the verdict in the Honey Darlene Summers jail embezzlement trial. Following the announcement of the jury's sentencing recommendations in the case, Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self announced that he had sent a letter to Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins asking for a special Christian County Grand Jury to be convened to examine possible further criminal activities at the jail.
In his letter, dated Wednesday, Judge Self said that testimony and other evidence introduced during Summer's trial raised legitimate concerns about activities, especially in the areas of the jail loan program and the operation of the jail commissary. Self also recommended that Atkins either make arrangements for a special prosecutor through the office of the Attorney General, or refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney's Office for further investigation.
Friends and family of Honey Darlene Summers reacted audibly to the announcement by Judge Self.