W. Keith Hall trial underway in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of Wendell (W.) Keith Hall, the former state representative from Pike County.

The trial will be held in federal court in Pikeville, Kentucky. Hall faces a bribery charge.

Hall, 55, formerly of Phelps, Ky., pleaded not guilty at his arraignment back in February in U.S. District Court to the one count of bribery.

Hall’s co-defendant, Kelly Shortridge, pleaded guilty in February to the charge of solicitation of a bribe by an agent of a program receiving federal funds. Both were indicted in October of last year.

Jury selection was expected to consume most of Monday’s proceedings. Opening statements were expected to be made, depending on the length of time for the jury selection process.

Ken Taylor, a longtime “white collar fraud” prosecutor is prosecuting the case, along with Erin Roth, for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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