Former Official for Accused Batesville Prosecutor Testifies for Prosecution

February 12, 2004 - Posted at 3:54 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A former drug task force administrator testified in federal court today that former prosecutor T.J. Hively's law partner received payment for work performed mainly by Hively himself.

Hively of Batesville, former law partner Wesley John "Butch" Ketz and bail bondsman Gary Edwards faces corruption charges in federal court.  Federal prosecutors accuse Hively of running Arkansas' 16th Judicial District prosecutor's office as a criminal enterprise.

Mail fraud charges allege that Hively and Ketz filed official documents with the state showing that Ketz was acting as special prosecutor on drug task force cases, when it was really Hively doing the work.

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