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Jury Trial Requested by Former Box Butte County Public Defender

Jury Trial Requested by Former Box Butte County Public Defender

Former Box Butte County Public Defender Jon Worthman has pleaded not guilty to a felony drug charge and has requested a jury trial following his January arrest.

The 52-year-old was arrested following an investigation conducted by the WING Drug Task Force where he reportedly purchased approximately one ounce of cocaine from a CI during a controlled buy.  He was arrested after the purchased narcotics were found inside his vehicle.

Investigators say in a subsequent interview, Worthman said he believed he would be purchasing at least two eight-balls of cocaine, admitted to receiving cocaine in the past in exchange for legal services, and using the drug himself.

Worthman is now  charged with a Class 1D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance (10 to 28 grams) with Intent to Distribute.

Last week in Scotts Bluff County District Court, Worthman pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested a trial by jury. District 11 Judge Richard Birch- who has been appointed to oversee the Scotts Bluff County District Court criminal case- accepted the not guilty plea.

Judge Birch also granted a modification to the bond to allow Worthman to leave the state for employment purposes.

A status hearing has been set for May 7th to address case progression and discuss possible trial dates.

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