Two judges recused themselves this week from hearing a theft case against a man accused of taking a Rutherford County commissioner’s gun, according to court officials.
General Sessions Court Judges Ben Hall McFarlin and David Loughry stepped away from adjudicating a charge of property theft over $500 filed against Kenneth “Slim Shady” Cooper in December 2012 by County Commissioner Matthew Young.
Young made the charge against Cooper for allegedly taking his Glock .40-caliber handgun without permission, according to an arrest warrant. They were roommates at the time of the incident. The matter is to be reset for September.
Cooper, who served time in Christian County Jail in Hopkinsville, Ky., for assaulting Young in 2012, is being represented by Nashville attorney Jim Todd, according to court officials.
Meanwhile, trial is set for July 30-31 in an assault and kidnapping case against Young, Curtis “Bubba” Hutson and Harvey Felsher of Mississippi, who are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of domestic assault, four counts of extortion and aggravated kidnapping of Cooper at Hutson’s East Main Street home in July 2012.
The case stems from a disagreement over a ticket-scalping operation for a Justin Bieber concert in Nashville. All three men – who have denied the charges – were arrested and released on $100,000 bond in November 2013.
Cooper reportedly told police they choked him with a dog collar, burned him with cigarettes and threatened to shoot him after they discovered he gambled away $20,000 they invested in his ticket-scalping business. They found out he lost the money after he gave them phony tickets to a Justin Bieber show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Cooper contends they called Sheriff Robert Arnold to have him arrested after the incident but that Rutherford County detectives refused to arrest him without a warrant. Still, they took him to the sheriff’s office, according to reports.