Jury trial scheduled in Federal case filed against the Kay County Detention Center

November 18, 2020 | Courts|Featured

OKLAHOMA CITY  — A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Federal Court in the case pending against the Kay County Detention Center and the county jail trust filed by former jail employee Stephanie Wright.

The case was filed on Nov. 5, 2019.

Wright was employed at the jail March 1, 2011 through Aug. 14, 2018.

Court documents show she was involuntary terminated. Allegations raised by Wright include sexual harassment and inmate abuse. The complaints of inmate abuse reported by Wright were investigated by OSBI and Washington County District Attorney Kevin Buchanan, who declined to file charges. He was assigned the case after Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson recused. (see story)

Defendants listed in the case include members of the jail trust; Jail Director Don Jones both individually and in his official capacity. Former employee Matthew Ware was also being sued but on Sept. 14, 2020, Wright agreed to dismiss all claims against Ware.

Depositions and interviews have been taken from many employees and former employees at the jail including Jones, Matt Wright, Cathy McGee and Charles Creppel.

Wright is being represented by attorney Mark Hammons and Jones and the jail trust are being represented by Jordan Louis Miller.