Magoffin County officials accused of buying votes

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A federal indictment has accused three elected officials in Magoffin County of benefiting from a vote-buying scheme.

Media outlets report that the indictment, handed down Thursday, accuses several people of making payments in exchange for votes for Judge/Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin, County Clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd and Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner.

The indictment says that Risner; his wife, Tami Jo Risner; Mason Daniels; Shepherd and her husband, Larry Shepherd, conspired to offer people money to vote for Hardin, Renee Shepherd and Gary Risner. A fifth person, Scott Lynn McCarty, is also charged with aiding vote-buying.

Authorities say the scheme started in 2013 and lasted through the November 2014 election.

The Risners, Daniels and McCarty have pleaded not guilty. The Shepherds declined to comment, as did Hardin’s attorney, James Deckard.