Constable’s arraignment moved to April 20
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The arraignment for a Pulaski County constable
accused of attempted murder for shooting an FBI agent and violating citizens’ civil rights has been moved from April 9 to April 20 because his court-appointed attorney continues in a trial.
Gary Baldock was scheduled for a formal arraignment and detention hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, but a judge granted a request from attorney Andrew Stephens to continue it.
The arraignment will be in U.S. District Court in London, according to federal court documents.
Stephens has been involved in a drug conspiracy trial that began in late February. That trial is expected to end by April 17 Stephens said in seeking the continuance. He said the latter date also would give him more time for phone consultations with Baldock, who remains in jail.
The 55-year-old Baldock and fellow constable, 45-year-old Michael “Wally” Wallace, originally were charged with federal civil rights violations in indictments handed down Feb. 27 by a in federal grand jury.
Wallace was arrested without incident on March 6, but when FBI agents went to Baldock’s home the same morning, he is accused of opening fire on agents with a Glock Model 23 .40-caliber handgun. He wounded an agent before other agents returned fire, injuring him.
He later was indicted for attempted murder and use of a firearm in a felony.
In the civil rights charges, Wallace and Baldock with conspiring, from Nov. 18, 2018 though Sept. 24, 2019, to threaten and intimidate persons in Pulaski County, in violation of the Constitution and laws of the United States, according to the indictments.
More specifically, the indictment alleges the two deprived individuals of their rights to be “free from unreasonable searches and seizures and to be free from the deprivation of property without due process, by someone acting under the color of law.”
Wallace faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and supervised release of up to 3 years.
Baldock faces up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $1.25 million.