McCracken Jailer Tonya Ray Perjury Case Assigned ‘Special Judge’

Jun 7, 2018

McCracken Co. Jailer Tonya Ray

McCracken County Jailer Tonya Ray has a pretrial conference scheduled for September 7th in Graves County for charges including a first degree perjury indictment and misdemeanor offense.



  Louisville attorney Thomas Clay is representing Ray. He said two McCracken County Circuit Judges recused themselves from the case because of their relationship with the corrections department, requiring the appointment of a special judge in Graves County.

Ray is accused of first degree perjury after testifying under oath that the jail followed a 2010 policy manual when 19 inmates were moved from protective custody into general population.

Some of those inmates claimed they were attacked during the transfer.


Ray is also accused of violating the whistleblower act, a misdemeanor offense.  


“The trial [ Oct. 9] is actually going to be in McCracken County I believe-- that is an issue that hasn’t been resolved yet. But the reason it [pretrial conference] is in Graves County is the judge who will be presiding over the case is a special judge who normally sits in Graves County,” Clay explained.  


Clay said the pretrial conference will try to take up the felony indictment first and then move to the misdemeanor charge.


Marshall County District Court Judge Jack Telle is expected to hear the misdemeanor trial. A two-day trial by jury for the perjury charge is scheduled for October 9, Graves County Circuit Judge Tim Starks will preside over the case.