May says he's shocked to be behind bars

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Herman May says he doesn't understand why he's sitting in jail under a $100,000 cash bond.

In an interview Wednesday with The State Journal at Franklin County Regional Jail, May said that one minute he was standing before Franklin District Judge Guy Hart Tuesday listening to his public defender Ted Shouse talk about the marijuana charge and postponing the trial until May 6 when suddenly he was told he was being placed under arrest 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.

He served 13 years in prison on a rape conviction before being 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.

Although May's rape and sodomy conviction was vacated, Crittenden said he decided to issue the contempt 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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