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Suspect in Crystal Rogers case seeks dismissal of charges

Suspect in Crystal Rogers case seeks dismissal of charges
Published: Jun. 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2016 at 8:46 PM EDT
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Crystal Rogers (Source: Family photo via Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Crystal Rogers (Source: Family photo via Nelson County Sheriff's Office)
Sherry and Tommy Ballard (Source: Lee Holeman, WAVE 3 News)
Sherry and Tommy Ballard (Source: Lee Holeman, WAVE 3 News)

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Nearly a year after the disappearance of a Bardstown mother, the justice system is slowly trying to piece together whatever information they can get. A possible piece in that puzzle was back in court today.
 
It all started with a statement that two men told the deputies in December of 2015. Vincent Nethery and Donald Howard implicated that Danny Singleton was connected to the murder of Crystal Rogers. Singleton, who was in court for 38 counts of perjury during testimony in front of a grand jury investigating Rogers' disappearance, asked for a dismissal from the case and a lower bond.

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The Nelson County Circuit Court judge said he would take those requests into consideration, seeing that Singleton has been in jail for the past six months. However, Tommy and Sherry Ballard, Crystal's parents, think otherwise.

"I think he knows something, whether he ever talks or not you know, but I really think he knows something and that white car they got now, that belongs to Brook's grandma I think that plays a big role," Tommy Ballard said.
 
Ballard was referring to a white Buick which belonged to the grandmother of the lead suspect in the case. The former owner of the vehicle, Anna Whitesides has no decided to overturn her subpoena at the advice of her attorney Jason Floyd.

Floyd says his client has been cooperative during the investigation by doing two interviews with law enforcement officials involved. He says Whitesides even led them to her vehicle willingly. After the interviews, when they still sent her the subpoena, he argued that Whitesides has every right to practice her Fifth Amendment privileges.

"There seems to be this public perception that if the person takes the Fifth Amendment that they're hiding something. Nothing could be further than the truth--the Fifth amendment is not a refuge for the guilty but a safe harbor for the innocent," Floyd said in a phone call.


The judge will decide on June 15 whether Whitesides will be able to remain away from the stand.
 
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