TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

August 26, 2013

Another court appearance scheduled for Gray pair


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two people slated to be sentenced Friday in Knox County Circuit Court instead had to be scheduled for another court appearance, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

Steven A. Campbell, 29, and Wannetta A. Campbell, 29, both of Hobart Lane in Gray, were arrested by the Kentucky State Police March 30.

During Friday’s appearance, Steven Campbell said he wanted to change his plea, and it was learned Wannetta Campbell was not accepted into drug court.

During a May pretrial conference it was learned Steven Campbell was considered a “high (flight) risk,” and it was decided his cash bond will remain at $25,000.

Wannetta Campbell’s bond had been the same amount, but because she was considered a low flight risk, it was amended in May to a $5,000 fully secured bond.

During their preliminary hearings in April, state troopers testified that troopers and deputies went to the residence after receiving calls from neighbors reporting children, who reside with the Campbells, were out in the neighborhood “asking people for food.”

The trooper explained when he got to the home, he made first contact with Wannetta Campbell, who agreed to allow the trooper in the home. The trooper said he followed her to a back bedroom, where Steven Campbell was discovered “passed out on a futon” with a child next to him — and “an active meth lab on the coffee table.”

Once he was questioned, the trooper said Steven Campbell admitted to making meth “for the past three months.”

The trooper also said Wannetta Campbell “said she knew it was going on,” and that she admitted to smoking meth.

He added the home itself was “unlivable” for the kids, stating there was a mattress on the living room floor and old food was laying around.

The trooper testified that all the children in the home were removed from the residence.

The couple was indicted later in April. The first count charges the couple with their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully having in their possession chemicals and/or equipment used to make meth with the intent of doing so.

The second, third and fourth counts indict them on three charges of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child after allegedly permitting three children to be present while meth was being manufactured.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 27.