DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky newspaper is reporting that 20 defendants in Lincoln County were released from jail because their cases weren't brought before a grand jury within 60 days.
The Advocate-Messenger (http://bit.ly/1bwfWAv ) says those released included a man charged with stealing a car and leading officers on a chase.
A few days after his release, the man was discovered inside a residence he allegedly burglarized, a knife by his side and stolen jewelry in his pocket. The man later was charged in the rape of a woman who lived nearby.
The newspaper says of the 308 defendants who had preliminary hearings in Lincoln District Court between July 2012 and July 2013, 20 were released from jail because their cases weren't brought before a grand jury within 60 days as required by law.