Special Prosecutor in Kanawha County to Cost Taxpayers

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A special prosecutor appointed to handle certain cases in Kanawha County is going to end up costing taxpayers.

The Kanawha County Commission voted Tuesday to move $100,000 into an account to pay Don Morris.

Morris is chief special prosecutor handling domestic battery, abuse and domestic violence petition cases.

The Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office was disqualified from those cases after Prosecutor Mark Plants was charged with domestic battery and violating DVP.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says this will be costly, but it's a cost that is necessary. "It's going to be costly but these are very important cases and we are going to make sure all these cases have all the resources they need to protect the victims," Carper said.

Plants is accused of using excessive force while disciplining his son and having contact with his kids when he was told not to.

A status hearing on the case is set for May 21. A trial date will be set for both cases during that hearing.

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