Inmate freed by DNA jailed for contempt

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Herman May appeared in Franklin District Court to face trial for marijuana possession Tuesday and ended up going to jail on a warrant for contempt of court.

May was arrested and handcuffed in the courtroom after the contempt warrant issued late Tuesday morning by Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden was executed.

May is currently in the Franklin County Regional Jail under a $100,000 cash bond.

May, who served 13 years in prison on a rape conviction, had been released Sept. 19, 2002, from the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville after Crittenden signed an order saying results of DNA tests constituted newly discovered evidence casting doubt on May's guilt.

But Tuesday, Crittenden said he decided to issue the arrest warrant because it appeared that May had violated the conditions of his release which included an 8 p.m. curfew following May's first possession of marijuana charge in December. May was arrested on a second possession of marijuana charge Monday night.

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