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Several dropped from suit

Several dropped from suit

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:07 pm

The City of Hickman, Ky., and several city officials have been dropped from pending lawsuits filed against a former employee.
Former city code enforcement officer Billy G. Murray was arrested May 16, 2008, by the Kentucky State Police on two counts of third-degree sexual abuse allegedly involving two work-release females from the Fulton County (Ky.) Detention Center.
The KSP reported in a news release that a detective had received a complaint on April 24, 2008, from two female inmates who accused Murray of sexual harassment. At the time, he was reported to have been employed by the city as the city code enforcement officer and was the inmates’ work release supervisor at City Hall.
The two women also filed lawsuits against then-employee Murray. Also named in the lawsuits were the City of Hickman, Mayor Charles Murphy and city commissioners Michael Cole, Phillip Williams, Barbara Yandal and Coy Robinson Jr.
The City of Hickman received notification in late November that an “agreed order of partial dismissal” to dismiss the women’s case against the city, the mayor and the commissioners had been filed in Fulton County Circuit Court by the plaintiffs’ attorney.
The claims against Murray were not dismissed, though, and a trial date for him will be set at a later date, according to the agreed order.
The KSP reported in May 2008 that Murray, who had been suspended by the city, sent a letter to the Hickman City Commission resigning his position as code enforcement officer effective June 20, 2008. On May 16, he turned himself in to state police and was charged with the two offenses.

PUBLISHED IN THE MESSENGER 12.30.10

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