A special prosecutor has been requested to handle the state's case against former Marion City Administrator Mark Bryant.
Bryant, 55, appearing alongside his attorney Don Thomas of Benton, entered not guilty pleas this morning in Crittenden District Court to felony charges of trafficking in synthetic drugs, promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence.
Commonwealth Attorney Zac Greenwell has asked the court to bring in a special prosecutor for the case, which is expected to go before the grand jury on Sept. 8. A special prosecutor from outside the immediate area is typically deployed in such cases where public officials are accused of wrongdoing.
Kentucky State Police say the investigation into Bryant's alleged illegal dealings with jail inmates is continuing. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.