PADNWS-05-29-21 BENNETT ARRAIGNMENT PIC

Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett (right) and his defense attorney Emily Ward Roark virtually appears for arraignment Friday, May 28.

PRINCETON — Caldwell County District 1 Magistrate Elbert Bennett appeared for his arraignment in district court Friday afternoon before special appointed Judge Foster Cotthoff and Clint Prow, special prosecutor from Webster County.

Bennett’s pre-trial conference is set for July 16 at 1 p.m.

During Bennett’s arraignment, defense attorney Emily Ward Roark of Bryant Law Center PSC in Paducah made a motion and entered a not guilty plea, acting on Bennett’s behalf.

Prow said he had no discovery to present and exchange; Roark informed Cotthoff she had reciprocal discovery and information.

Prow then requested Cotthoff to schedule the pre-trial conference for July, allowing him to gather more information about the complaints and charges.