(06/25/2014)
A Ritchie County deputy accused of lying about how much he worked made an appearance in court Tuesday.

Cpl. James Asbury's pretrial hearing was in Ritchie Magistrate Court, accused of falsely charging the county six and a half hours of overtime on April 1st.

Another deputy testified the fourteen and a half hours Asbury claimed he worked that day didn't add up with records from a GPS unit installed in Asbury's cruiser.

Sheriff Bryan Backus says he wanted to monitor Asbury because last fall he had shown the least amount of activity on his daily logs.

Chief administrative officer Ron Barniak testified a search warrant was never obtained to secretly install the GPS, saying no warrant was necessary because the cruiser is a sheriff's department vehicle.

The case now goes to a grand jury.


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